The fea­ture on John Sed­don (Novem­ber 17) was a re­minder Porirua City Coun­cil man­agers used to live in Porirua. Now, most make rec­om­men­da­tions and de­ci­sions af­fect­ing Porirua ratepay­ers and res­i­dents, with no im­pact on them­selves, be­cause they live in the Hutt Val­ley, Welling­ton and Kapiti Coast. It’s easy to make harsh de­ci­sions when they have no im­pact per­son­ally.

John men­tioned he knew how to bal­ance bud­gets. Bal­anc­ing is easy when a coun­cil is in­volved. You cut back on main­te­nance, bor­row money, or in­crease rates.

The wor­ry­ing thing for ratepay­ers to­day is this coun­cil is do­ing all three, with the fu­ture hold­ing mas­sive dou­ble fig­ure rates in­creases if some­thing doesn’t change.

The cur­rent gen­er­a­tion of chil­dren in Porirua, definitely won’t want to be 80 and still liv­ing here. They won’t be able to af­ford to pay their rates.

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