Eat cake

Nelson Mail - - COMMENT&OPINION -

Tas­man Dis­trict Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Lind­say McKen­zie de­scribes yet an­other in­crease in cost pro­jec­tions for the dam as "just an­other set of num­bers" ( Nel­son Mail, Fe­bru­ary 10). This ex­em­pli­fies the gulf be­tween the Tas­man Dis­trict Coun­cil and Nel­son City Coun­cil on one hand, and the ratepay­ers of the two dis­tricts who sooner or later will have to foot the bill if it goes ahead.

Mr McKen­zie, they may be "just num­bers" to you and the seem­ingly out of touch coun­cils with grandiose projects and costly ideas.

How­ever, for av­er­age prop­erty own­ers/rate pay­ers who are al­ready hav­ing dif­fi­culty meet­ing their coun­cils’ quar­terly rate de­mands, it will have very real con­se­quences on the cost of liv­ing of many, many or­di­nary peo­ple. Surely you see that? You might just as well have said, ‘‘Let them eat cake’’.

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