Food for thought
I see that Porirua City councillors have made a significant and strategic governance cost cutting decision (KMN, March 20) to reduce the number of rubbish bins in Porirua. Was this before or after their considerations of the sandwich fillings and the length of the sausage rolls in the staff cafeteria? ALLAN BLOOMFIELD,
Pauatahanui. infrastructure, like roads, water, sewerage and stormwater, PCC consistently spends less than the amount required to maintain the status quo. In the last decade, investment has fallen further, and the LTP takes this to new lows.
Some roads may next be resurfaced after 2050, and some water pipes will have to last another 100-200 years. In contrast, Porirua has and continues to invest heavily in noncore infrastructure and projects, at significant capital and ongoing cost to ratepayers.
Many proceeded despite public opposition, were discussed and approved in secret, and failed to meet initial operating cost and revenue projections. All against a background of rates rises consistently in excess of inflation.
Porirua is a $60m business. Don’t we employ more managers and consultants on packages over $100,000 per head of population than any other city in NZ?
And have the highest borrowing per head of population, when you consider most of the loans don’t relate to core infrastructure?
Given the size of our city, the rates we pay, and the top heavy overpaid management structure, ratepayers are right to demand the highest standards of professionalism, transparency and cost effectiveness.
Thank goodness for the few who ask questions, challenge statements and study published financial data.
If we keep on the same track, we will eventually have roads little more than tracks, third world water, sewerage and stormwater, contrasting with a shiny Pataka, Te Rauparaha (with new roof?), swimming pool, a new performing arts centre and head office, and a CBD with empty (mostly) new shops, offices and waterside apartments, with tenants and owners enjoying subsidised rents and rate holidays.
And lots of well paid PCC managers and consultants to manage the empire. All funded by residents and businesses, paying higher fees and rates, and servicing more loans.
Like me, J Terrence [KMN, March 20], you won’t be funding most of this future.
But pity your children and grandchildren who will be.
ANDREW WELLUM, Camborne.