Mayor in­vites feed­back on plan

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - By KA­T­RINA LINTONBON mata­mata.ed­i­tor@wrcn.co.nz

Mata­mata-pi­ako Dis­trict Mayor Hugh Ver­coe has one piece of ad­vice for those who are wor­ried about the pro­posed pan charges or any­thing in Mata­mata-pi­ako Dis­trict Coun­cil’s draft 10-year plan – tell us!

A public meet­ing was held at the Me­mo­rial Cen­tre last Thurs­day and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from all sec­tors of the Mata­mata com­mu­nity were there to ex­press their con­cerns about the pro­posed pan charges that could see some or­gan­i­sa­tions face mam­moth hikes in their wastew­a­ter rates.

Mr Ver­coe called the meet­ing and said he would en­cour­age peo­ple to put pen to pa­per and make a sub­mis­sion.

‘‘We have come here be­cause we have to change how we charge. The cur­rent sys­tem of charg­ing a flat wastew­a­ter rate is the way it has been for years,’’ he said.

‘‘ So is it fair that ev­ery­one in­clud­ing res­i­den­tial and non­res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties are charged the same flat fee? The an­swer we came up with was no.’’

The gen­eral con­sen­sus to solve this is­sue, which has caused outrage in the dis­trict, was to have water me­ters in­stalled.

For­mer Mata­mata Bor­ough Mayor Neil Algar said he was part of a group that had been fight­ing to have water me­ters in­stalled for about 40 years and said while no in­crease in wastew­a­ter rates was fair, that op­tion was the most vi­able.

Sub­mis­sions must be re­ceived by the coun­cil no later than 5pm on Fri­day May 18.

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