Charge trucks and buses

Matamata Chronicle - - Opinion -

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.

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