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.