Grandiose must go

South Waikato News - - OPINION -

With our lat­est rates de­mand we got an up­date on the events cen­tre and even in its early stage the coun­cil is ask­ing how its ac­tiv­i­ties are to be funded?

They sug­gest through rates, user fees or a loan. In all cases this sounds like an ad­di­tional rate hike for the long-suf­fer­ing ratepay­ers. Has this coun­cil never heard of liv­ing within our present in­come or the tried and true pol­icy of ‘‘user pays’’?

With a record num­ber of forced mort­gagee house sales, cit­i­zens on ben­e­fits, closed busi­nesses, two school clo­sures and a fall­ing pop­u­la­tion this coun­cil re­lent­lessly ratch­ets up the rates and user charges to fund its non-core grandiose ac­tiv­i­ties.

The pro­posed in­ter­ven­tion and re­forms of our newly ap­pointed Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter Dr Nick Smith can­not come soon enough. M Davis Toko­roa

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