Charge trucks and buses
It is the responsibility of council to be fiscally responsible?
Balance the needs of the people to their ability to pay – that includes those on lower incomes.
To have grand ideas about a stadium is just not practical.
Hamilton not only demand we help pay to build theirs, they want more for renovations.
Apparently they cannot afford their own stadium upkeep. We don’t need ongoing debt like that, especially in hard economic times.
I also question the cycle track – it won’t be used for at least six months of the year during winter.
When will it pay for itself? If we pursue bright ideas without thinking about the cost we will be like Kaipara where one man’s rates went from $1500 to $4000.
We already have major projects to pay for, such as the Tui Mine cleanup and that is MEGA money, and we are paying for huge water pipes to outlying areas, which will one day come to Waharoa, and eventually Matamata. This should bring decent water to our town.
The idea of metering water now is a travesty – we already pay for it – and the last I heard it’s not up to world health standards. Businesses will pass the cost on to customers. I would also suggest the installation of meters is a further expense we would have.
I suggest for the buses that come and freeload using our toilets and rip up the roads – let them pay.
Most of them only come to use our facilities, but spend little or nothing, so we pay for sewerage, toilet paper, extra cleaning etc and occasional damage.
I suggest $30 per big bus and proportionally less for smaller buses and camper vans, cars free.
There was a study done and big trucks/buses do more damage to the roads than 150 cars. The sheer weight rips the roads.