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Will Mayor Nick’s ‘‘tough bud­get’’ dis­pense with her ser­vices and save us from fu­ture waste­ful spend­ing? If the Dom­post re­port is to be be­lieved the an­swer is no. In­stead we are to fund a pro­gramme of fu­ture ex­pense de­signed to in­crease the city’s pop­u­la­tion when past ex­pe­ri­ence has demon­strated that this leads to rates in­creases above in­fla­tion.

We al­ready have fail­ing core in­fra­struc­ture. How will a 20 per cent in­crease in pop­u­la­tion af­fect that? Is this new plan in the LTP, yet to be re­leased for public in­put?

BRIAN COLLINS, Pa­pakowhai Ed­i­tor,

It’s com­pletely un­der­stand­able that some peo­ple re­gard the pro­posed re­duc­tions in coun­cil ser­vices as sig­nif­i­cant but I think your cor­re­spon­dent Anne Perry is ex­ag­ger­at­ing them.

The coun­cil has lis­tened to the Porirua com­mu­nity and made some sav­ings to all its op­er­at­ing bud­gets in the pro­posed long-term plan. At the same time we have ei­ther held or sig­nif­i­cantly im­proved in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ment. It’s now up to the com­mu­nity to tell us what you think of these changes.

The rate in­crease for the next fi­nan­cial year is pro­posed at 3.2 per cent and the ones fol­low­ing it 3 per cent and 2.9 per cent re­spec­tively, still higher than many are com­fort­able with.

Ms Perry sug­gests the world as we know it will come to an end if these re­duc­tions are made and I do agree that res­i­dents will feel the ef­fects of some of these changes, but for a coun­cil to spend less, it needs to re­duce the level of the ser­vices it pro­vides. We have taken the mes­sage from res­i­dents that they want to see greater re­straint in coun­cil spend­ing and op­er­a­tions. Now tell us if we have the right bal­ance.

I know that other res­i­dents will be a lot more con­struc­tive and pos­i­tive than Ms Perry in their con­tri­bu­tions to the plan. To make a sub­mis­sion please visit the coun­cil’s web­site pcc.govt.nz or call 237 5089, the coun­cil of­fice or Porirua Li­brary.

NICK LEGGETT, Mayor of Porirua marked deficit in that depart­ment it doesn’t take an Ein­stein to know that la­belling Porirua P-town merely fixes what most peo­ple out­side and a lot in­side, al­ready think the city has be­come.

You’ll get your 10,000 ex­tra peo­ple all right but they will stretch the re­gion’s po­lice.

I guess the $50,000-plus Porirua cit­i­zens paid to send you and Bar­bara Ber­cic to some back­woods state in the US to have them sign a certificate to say we’re a nice place to live, didn’t quite mea­sure up to ex­pec­ta­tions. Have we quan­ti­fied yet just what ben­e­fits did ac­crue? If you’d gone on­line you prob­a­bly could have bought one for $6.50.

I’m tired of the hair-brained schemes your mar­ket­ing man­ager comes up with. They cost us a lot and reap very lit­tle re­ward. And while we’re at it Ms Ber­cic, the flags on the bridge we paid $30,000 for, shred­ded be­fore they were a year old; the re­place­ments are ripped now too. But it’s not your money you’re wast­ing is it? MIKE DUN­CAN, Ti­tahi Bay.

(Let­ter abridged) See story, p2 - Ed­i­tor. said, ‘‘sep­tic tanks leak into Pau­ata­hanui In­let be­cause of ris­ing water lev­els’’.

Could Cr Baker ad­vise how much mea­sured rise there has been for the past 20 years and also quote the peer-re­viewed source of this in­for­ma­tion? AL­LAN BLOOM­FIELD,

Pau­ata­hanui.

It is im­por­tant our plan­ning, the as­sump­tions coun­cil­lors have adopted, and our sys­tems and prac­tices are en­er­get­i­cally ex­am­ined, es­pe­cially chal­leng­ing coun­cil­lors on all as­pects of their stew­ard­ship.

Coun­cil em­ploy­ees are not the en­emy and should not be the tar­get.

He has raised an im­por­tant ques­tion at the heart of long-term plan­ning: ‘‘Who should pay for the fu­ture?’’

That is why the coun­cil has col­lec­tively strug­gled to get the bal­ance right across gen­er­a­tions and is also why the Long Term Plan is so very im­por­tant to a city like ours.

It’s called in­ter-gen­er­a­tional eq­uity. Main­tain­ing and ad­just­ing to the needs of the present pop­u­la­tion but main­tain­ing a steady push for sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment for our kids and even the gen­er­a­tion af­ter that, is the sharpest point of why ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion in the con­sul­ta­tion process is so im­por­tant.

An­drew, please make sure you de­tail your con­cerns and take the op­por­tu­nity to ex­plain to us why and where we are wrong. How­ever, do your­self and us a favour by check­ing the facts be­hind your con­cerns.

What­ever, I look for­ward to lis­ten­ing to you. Don’t let your­self or our city down. KEN DOU­GLAS, Porirua city

coun­cil­lor – Western ward

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