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.