Affin­ity to Ro­torua Mayor ques­tioned

South Waikato News - - OPINION -

May I con­grat­u­late coun­cil­lor Barker on ad­mit­ting to sup­port­ing the velo­drome only through the so­lic­i­ta­tion of his friend, the Mayor of Ro­torua.

This is dif­fi­cult to ac­cept while he pur­ports to sup­port the ratepay­ers who elected him to his po­si­tion on the coun­cil.

It would also ap­pear that the re­ported 63 per cent against the pro­posal from sub­mit­ters is of less im­por­tance than the re­ported 71 per cent in favour of a uni­form re­gional charge.

May I en­quire why the de­mo­graphic ratepayer de­tails of the re­ported phone sur­vey were never pub­lished?

True to form of course we will never pub­licly know for ob­vi­ous rea­sons.

How­ever, thank you coun­cil­lor Barker for load­ing onto al­ready stressed ratepay­ers more costs and I know that you would ar­gue that $3.18 plus GST per rate­able unit is in your mind and the rest of the coun­cil­lors, who in­ter­preted the wishes of the ma­jor­ity as a nui­sance to their psy­cho­log­i­cal think­ing and de­sires, a mi­nus­cule amount to pay for some­thing that in your re­ported opinion ‘‘was too good to pass up’’.

What a pity that you felt a greater affin­ity for the Mayor of Ro­torua than cit­i­zens of the South Waikato.

The lat­est rates in­crease of over $100 for a res­i­den­tial home in Toko­roa and now an­other ego­tis­ti­cal levy would lead me to sus­pect that the next South Waikato elec­tions could be in­ter­est­ing. (edited)

T Becker, Toko­roa in the bin. It is not good to smash them all over the path.

J Emer­son, Toko­roa

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