Cy­cle­way do­na­tion

Matamata Chronicle - - News/opinion -

How many coun­cil­lors would be pre­pared to tell ratepay­ers they are go­ing to give $500,000 of rate money to a cy­cle­way from Paeroa to Te Aroha and then also tell the same ratepay­ers their rates will be in­creased by a to­tal of 5.88 per cent?

In one state­ment made by the mayor he has stated, ‘‘we are very aware of the tight econ­omy we are in at present’’.

Bear­ing this in mind surely the coun­cil should con­cen­trate on its core re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and scrap this $500,000 do­na­tion of ratepay­ers money to a nonessen­tial ser­vice with­out any fur­ther de­bate.

All per­son­nel who wish to make a per­sonal do­na­tion to this pro­ject should do so as they see fit. To spend so much ratepay­ers’ money on this pro­ject is ridicu­lous.

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