Hutt coun­cil­lor fires back

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

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.

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