Mayor calls meet­ing on pan levy

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By KA­T­RINA LINTONBON

Mata­mata-pi­ako Dis­trict Mayor Hugh Ver­coe will meet with peo­ple con­cerned about the pro­posed pan charges be­ing mooted by Mata­mata-pi­ako Dis­trict Coun­cil as part of its 10-year plan process.

The meet­ing will take place in the Tainui Room at the Me­mo­rial Cen­tre to­mor­row, Thurs­day, May 3 at 5.30pm.

Last week the Mata­mata Chron­i­cle re­ported that while pre­par­ing its 10-year plan, the coun­cil is look­ing at a num­ber of ini­tia­tives, in­clud­ing in­tro­duc­ing pan charges.

This means chang­ing from a flat rate for wastew­a­ter to a pan charge where non-res­i­den­tial ratepay­ers will be charged based on the num­ber of pans (toi­lets or uri­nals) they have.

The coun­cil is plan­ning to use a grad­u­ated scale of charges, mean­ing the more toi­lets or uri­nals a non-res­i­den­tial ratepayer has, the less they will pay each pan.

Mr Ver­coe will be avail­able to an­swer any ques­tions and is urg­ing all those who want to have a say to at­tend the meet­ing or make a sub­mis­sion.

One per­son who will be mak­ing a sub­mis­sion is Pohlen Hospi­tal chief ex­ec­u­tive An­ton Turner.

If the pro­posed pan charges be­come a re­al­ity, the hospi­tal’s wastew­a­ter rates will go from $593.90 an­nu­ally to $18,812.

‘‘Some­thing like that would have huge im­pact on us,’’ he said. ‘‘That’s a 3167 per cent in­crease.’’ Mata­mata Bowl­ing Club trea­surer Shirley Macleod said her club would have to in­crease its subs by at least 40 per cent to be able to meet the cost of an­nual pan charges. ‘‘This will see a de­cline in mem­ber­ship be­cause peo­ple just sim­ply can’t af­ford to pay more subs,’’ she said.

Maple Lodge owner Denise Wil­liams said it was vi­tal that peo­ple who did not want to see the pro­posed pan charges be­ing im­ple­mented at­tend the meet­ing.

‘‘ We want a fair pro­posed is not fair.

‘‘The coun­cil needs to look at this again,’’ she said.

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