New cen­tre too costly

Matamata Chronicle - - News/opinion -

Our Mata­mata Pi­ako Dis­trict Coun­cil sports, re­cre­ation and community fa­cil­i­ties we presently en­joy do not meet the costs of run­ning and main­tain­ing them.

To have an ad­di­tional sports com­plex in Te Aroha, that, while it looks an ex­cel­lent venue for sports­minded peo­ple, its ma­jor cost and on­go­ing costs, will be borne by the ratepay­ers.

Sta­tis­tics have been stated that our av­er­age in­comes are about $60,000 per an­num.

Al­though there are high earn­ers in our dis­trict, there are also those who are on fixed in­comes who can­not meet fur­ther rate in­creases.

With our coun­cil’s pro­jected rate in­crease of 4 per cent per an­num, plus the pro­posed 3 per cent rate in­crease re­quired for the Event Cen­tre, it will far ex­ceed cen­tral gov­ern­ment‘s wishes for any in­creased rates to re­late to in­fla­tion. We need to live within our means. Why not in­vite pri­vate en­ter­prise to be in­volved?

While in large cities like Hamil­ton, Dunedin, and Auck­land, re­cent ma­jor projects have left huge debt to pay, we don’t have the pop­u­la­tion to sus­tain such an ex­pense.

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