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’’.