North Taranaki Midweek - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS -

The new air­port, its size and greatly in­creased cost, has cer­tainly gen­er­ated in­ter­est on var­i­ous so­cial me­dia. The lat­est de­vel­op­ment is the non-re­newal of the pre-paid cards used by longterm park­ers. While some will be philo­soph­i­cal about the in­creased cost, it would not have hurt to let peo­ple know of the im­pend­ing change.

What is rather wor­ry­ing is this is just an­other in­stance of the pub­lic, the ratepay­ers, pay­ing more. The coun­cil in­sisted that ratepay­ers would not be bear­ing the brunt of the cost of this new air­port, that it would be funded by the com­mu­nity and those who use it, the air­lines and rev­enue from air­port lessees, the cafe and the shops. And just who spends money in those out­lets?

Now the coun­cil has moved on to dis­cuss whether to sell part of the town’s green belt, Fitzroy golf course, to help fund es­sen­tial ser­vices. So we can af­ford a dol­lareat­ing art gallery where the costs ex­pand yearly and we can af­ford an air­port that went from cost­ing $9 mil­lion to more than $29 mil­lion, yet there is not enough money for essentials?

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