Ex­pen­sive plan­ning

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Can Porirua City Coun­cil re­ally jus­tify $8200 for two days to dis­cuss long term plan­ning? (KMN, July 22)

Mayor Nick Leggett said us­ing a lo­cal con­fer­ence fa­cil­ity was not con­sid­ered.

I rang Aotea Lodge and Mana Ma­rina Mo­tel – both have con­fer­ence venues for un­der $300 for eight hours. So two days would be $600 max­i­mum.

Both have ac­com­mo­da­tion and one has a swim­ming pool. Both have meals avail­able.

What a waste of our money and why not spend that lo­cally to sup­port our city?

Mr Leggett’s state­ment that if held lo­cally, peo­ple find ex­cuses to go away dur­ing the day or come in late, just shows we have coun­cil­lors there on big pay pack­ets that are not in­ter­ested in our city.

It doesn’t cost much to be a fa­cil­i­ta­tor – a lot of peo­ple I know would do it for free to get a week­end away and the food.

Hope­fully every­one all paid for their own drinks and this is the last re­treat we pay for that is held out of our own city.

Can I also re­mind you we do Break­fasts in Schools and church groups pro­vide footwear for school chil­dren.

Feel guilty? I didn’t think so. ‘‘Now is the time for all good women and men to come to the aid of the par­ties.’’

Your pol­icy an­nounce­ment that New Zealand First will pro­mote and sup­port the re­moval of GST on res­i­den­tial rates is long over­due, rec­ti­fy­ing a to­tally un­jus­ti­fied dou­ble tax­a­tion.

Rates are them­selves a tax and a tax on tax sim­ply tar­gets fixed in­come home own­ers, and pe­nalises renters in par­tic­u­lar.

Re­mov­ing GST on food will give a sig­nif­i­cant boost for low in­come and fixed in­come earn­ers.

The bulk of the vot­ing pop­u­la­tion of Porirua and the Mana Elec­torate are in this group.

You have pro­vided a great foun­da­tion for a des­per­ately needed Labour-led coali­tion Govern­ment.

Thank you for putting sub­stance back into the elec­tion cam­paign.

I will be do­ing what I can to have Labour take up that chal­lenge of mak­ing our com­mu­nity a much more eq­ui­table so­ci­ety than it is right now. go­ing to the mar­ket to bor­row.

The coun­cil only bor­rows to fund in­fra­struc­ture re­newals such as roads, pipes and wastew­a­ter treat­ment fa­cil­i­ties that have a life span­ning many years.

To fund these works from rates would mean that res­i­dents would pay for much more of the ca­pac­ity of those fa­cil­i­ties than they would ever use. This is nei­ther sen­si­ble nor fair.

In­stead, the coun­cil spreads the cost of these in­fra­struc­ture works across the time that they are used. This is the fairest way of fi­nanc­ing both for cur­rent and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. The Stan­dard and Poor’s rat­ing is good news for Porirua res­i­dents.

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