Money be­ing spent un­wisely

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Some years ago, coun­cil­lors praised lo­cal bud­get­ing ser­vices. I sug­gested at the time they should en­rol them­selves, which wasn’t well re­ceived.

They lent ratepay­ers’ money for an ar­ti­fi­cial turf, even af­ter it was pointed out that the loan pro­posed was for a longer pe­riod than the sur­face’s life (ac­cord­ing to the man­u­fac­turer), and that the ac­counts tabled didn’t con­firm an abil­ity to meet loan re­pay­ments and an­nual op­er­at­ing costs.

Fast for­ward to 2015 and prepa­ra­tion of the 10-year fi­nan­cial plan.

Was the loan writ­ten off or are re­pay­ments still in­cluded?

Does it show the coun­cil pick­ing up the an­nual op­er­at­ing costs?

Does the plan in­clude money to re­place the sur­face within 10 years?

Is this the same coun­cil so good at man­ag­ing fi­nance and prop­erty that the con­di­tion of the Porirua Lit­tle Theatre came as a to­tal sur­prise?

How long has it been main­tain­ing the build­ing – 25 years? More?

How many times was main­te­nance de­ferred?

How much de­ferred main­te­nance is there on the pool, li­brary, Pataka, Te Rau­paraha Arena, those CBD build­ings

PETER KEAST

Ti­tahi Bay

The signs near the north­ern end of the en­trance to Ti­tahi Bay Beach.

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