Typical Labour Party
I see that John Burke (KMN, Letters, July 31) has reverted to his Labour Party principles by attacking the individual rather than addressing the issues.
ALLAN BLOOMFIELD, Pauatahanui the PCC chief executive Gary Simpson says, “As in the draft LTP, the subsequent nine years will be CPI plus growth in rating base”.
In year 2015-16 it is stated the average effect on ratepayers is 3.6 per cent. If, however, there is no increase in the rating base – under this scenario rates will be contained within the CPI (assumed at 2.4 per cent – page 192).
Therefore the average effect on ratepayers could only be 2.4 per cent (and not 3.6 per cent). Have you missed telling us something?
The continuing mention of the CPI is a red herring – no correlation with the CPI and your table (page 22) which shows. Average effect on ratepayers of between a low of 2.9 per cent and high of 3.6 per cent is incorrect.
I would like the chief executive or Mayor Leggett/Councillor Douglas/CCR panel appointees to explain as to how the total cost of the city centre revitalisation of $18.8 million in both the draft and final plan was arrived at given that the annual figures when totalled revealed the draft was in fact $28.5m and the final $32.7m.
It is inappropriate for the chief executive to talk of ‘‘consulting” when he in tandem with councillors changed the accepted format of Q&A meetings in order to deny the public the opportunity to ask questions on the LTP and for all those in attendance to hear answers.
In response to Mr Collin’s letter, the chief executive made reference to the Auditor General’s report – his comments were misleading. Fact: The report was completed by Ernst and Young under contract to the Auditor General and clearly states: “The audit is an independent opinion on the LTP and therefore not the opinion of the Auditor General. The accuracy of the information in the LTP is not guaranteed.”
Porirua citizens deserve to know as to how their money is to be spent.
DICK RENOUF, Titahi Bay
PCC chief executive Gary Simpson responds: Mr Renouf questions whether in adopting the Long Term Plan the Porirua City Council may have erred in projecting future growth in the rating base of the city.
The Long Term Plan has been developed using a projected growth in the rating base (the rating value of the City) of 0.5 per cent for three years and 1 per cent per year thereafter. This approach is justified utilising historical growth figures going back many years and is likely to prove a conservative estimate.
Mr Renouf also questions the audit process of the Long Term Plan. Every council in New Zealand is required to have their Long Term Plan audited by the Office of the Auditor General. A number of councils have the audits carried out by accredited accounting practices working on behalf of the Auditor General. Porirua City is one of those councils and the audit was done by Ernst and Young.
Prior to the draft Long Term Plan