Rates system not fair
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