Mayor invites feedback on plan
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.