Closed doors

Nelson Mail - - COMMENT&OPINION -

Nel­son ratepay­ers are un­aware that NCC has held four work­shops on fund­ing for the Waimea dam project by Nel­son ratepay­ers. No in­for­ma­tion has been made avail­able to the pub­lic, as the meet­ings have been be­hind closed doors. Where did the mayor and coun­cil­lors ob­tain their man­date to give five to eight mil­lion dol­lars of our money for this project?

TDC made no con­tri­bu­tion to the Maitai dam or the wa­ter treat­ment plant, and Nel­son ratepay­ers pay some of the high­est wa­ter rates in the coun­try be­cause of th­ese fa­cil­i­ties. Why then should Nel­son ratepay­ers con­trib­ute any money to fund Waimea plains ir­ri­ga­tors?

With $50 mil­lion needed to be spent on our ne­glected in­fra­struc­ture, Nel­son ratepay­ers can­not al­low the mayor and coun­cil­lors to sneak this ex­tra spend­ing into the long-term plan. stan­dard for our pro­tec­tion and guid­ance. Those who come to our shores may re­spect this more than people born here.

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