No won­der costs get out of hand

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Ed­i­tor,

If the process by which coun­cil ap­proved fund­ing of an all­weather sur­face at As­cot Park is any­thing to go by, it is no won­der Te Rau­paraha Arena ended up cost­ing around 60 per cent more than the first es­ti­mate, and to­day is re­spon­si­ble for a large chunk of the 12.6 per cent in­crease in the coun­cil’s wage bill over the past two years.

De­spite coun­cil of­fi­cer-pre­pared doc­u­ments which stated that the pro­posal breached the terms of the coun­cil’s re­cently re­viewed Shared Re­spon­si­bil­ity Scheme by re­quir­ing bridging fi­nance when that isn’t al­lowed, a clear sug­ges­tion that per­haps $200,000 might need to be di­verted from one pur­pose to an­other (re­quir­ing that sum to be found at a later date), and a state­ment that the play­ing sur­face is ex­pected to have a life of nine to 12 years and fund­ing a re­place­ment af­ter 10 years will need to be planned, a loan over 15 years was pro­posed.

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