Porirua City Council is considering introducing free Wi-Fi in the CBD.
PCC’s interest is based on the success of a similar scheme in Petone. Define and quantify success?
Moana Wyatt (PCC’s communications adviser) advises costs are being determined. No mention of benefits, so ratepayers can be pretty confident that means zero financial benefits.
News flash PCC. Anything of value, given away for free, will be successful.
I can absolutely guarantee that if PCC gives away $10 notes, it will be very successful. And if PCC decides to give away $100 notes, it will be even more successful.
Instead of giving away ratepayers money to anyone who wants to hang out in the CBD with a PC or phone, how about giving us back free parking, or free rubbish bags, or lower tip fees for residents. What about free rail and bus passes, taxi chits and petrol vouchers?
It’s so easy to give other people’s money away. And when it runs out, you just increase rates faster than inflation, like last year, this year, next year.