But it’s only deferred, because those elected and managing it choose to ignore it, preferring to spend ratepayer dollars buying land and buildings in the city centre and elsewhere, hiring an ice skating rink, making overseas visits with partners to sister cities etc, rather than on essential work.
For the last decade, ratepayers have seen rates diverted to speculative expenditures, while borrowing has been required for roads, footpaths, water, storm water and drains – the essential stuff – though not enough to even maintain the status quo.
He’s wrong about Porirua going broke, because it’s not too late to change the outcome, which means changing the mayor, councillors and senior managers who have got us to this point.
We must change our financial direction, so our rates and the city focus is on core business.
However, Porirua City Council chief executive Gary Simpson says all indicators point to the council being in a fine financial position (February 10). Who is right? Mayor Nick Leggett in the same article says there is ‘‘reasonable support’’ from residents for a regional amalgamation.
How can he know that when noone has consulted local people about what they would like, and when the final date for submissions has not yet passed?
Leggett says he does not want to waste time with supporters of the status quo.
This is a non-democratic position for a mayor to take.
The two main options are to amalgamate or not.
To quote Hamlet: ‘‘To be or not to be, that is the question.’’
In a democracy, it must be answered first. New Zealand is being destroyed by the imposition of ‘‘soft tyranny’’ socialism.
We’re being saddled with armies of unproductive
commissars, risk-averse drones unfamiliar with the joy of living, who spend their time generating and imposing rules, regulations, and penalties.
That stifles productivity, initiative, and employment, encourages deception, and centrally controls the lives of the productive. It’s happening everywhere. Trojan horses such as various ‘‘health and safety’’ and ‘‘environmental’’ arms of the state, and some ‘‘standards’’ bodies, incrementally remove freedom, property rights and personal responsibility, to either save us from ourselves, or misguidedly save the planet, while wearing high-vis jackets, of course!
Not content to force all this counterproductive stuff and its costs on us, these Pharisees spy on us and encourage us to dob in anyone we see flouting the letter of their rules.
A young builder friend was thus dobbed in by a competitor (who missed getting the job) for using a perfectly adequate non-regulation scaffold.
In ‘‘hard tyranny’’ socialist countries, neighbours stopped talking to each other, and checked over shoulders when conversing, lest informers reported them and they ended up in the gulag. New Zealand is following suit. We need a strategic mass revolt to rid ourselves of these unproductives and their draconian schemes to control, before the chains they bind us with are irrevocably locked in place.