Hutt councillor fires back
Nick Leggett has recently quoted Porirua’s high ratio of rates to total income as justification to support a super-city. He has also claimed that Porirua has a low ratio of rateable properties to population.
Hutt City Council’s ratio of rates to total income is 69 per cent, only marginally less than Porirua’s and well above the national average he quotes.
We have 38,500 rateable properties to a total population of about 104,000, again only slightly more favourable than Porirua’s.
Mr Leggett claims these unfavourable ratios are impediments to his city growing and developing, yet Lower Hutt has been able to achieve international recognition as a top performing council.
They are certainly not preventing Hutt City Council from maintaining high-quality infrastructure and embarking on an ambitious urban growth strategy.
The problem for the Porirua City Council has often been pointed out – unnecessary spending, poor quality decision making and ineffective governance.
It is those that need to be addressed by the Porirua community rather than the rest of the region being forced to bail out the city.