Rates sys­tem not fair

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

I agree with the opin­ion of Kil­ian De Lacy in Touch of Grey (May 6), where she con­sid­ers the sys­tem of rates to be un­fair, es­pe­cially for those on a fixed in­come.

The Govern­ment does not re­ally ac­knowl­edge the ever-in­creas­ing role of lo­cal govern­ment and the dif­fi­culty in fund­ing re­quire­ments nec­es­sary to meet all the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties del­e­gated to it.

Property own­ers in the Auck­land re­gion are now even ex­pected to pro­vide funds for emer­gency he­li­copters for health ser­vices.

Soon the Govern­ment will ex­pect am­bu­lances to be paid for out of property taxes.

Rates (property taxes) are not a ‘‘fair’’ way to pay for com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties such as sta­di­ums, the­atres and sports grounds etc.

There are many ex­am­ples of people in our com­mu­ni­ties who do not con­trib­ute through rate

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