How will poor pay rates?

South Waikato News - - OPINION -

Once again we get to see via the long term plan the com­plete lack of any sense of what is re­ally im­por­tant to our lo­cal gov­ern­ing body, or should I say the mis­guided group of per­sons who have ab­so­lutely no con­cept of what good gov­er­nance means.

I won­der what the mayor and his group of col­lab­o­ra­tors thinks the gen­uinely poor, the in­firm and the aged are go­ing to do to raise the money nec­es­sary to pay the higher and higher rates in­creases. For those who are coun­cil­lors the in­creases may seem small and for them they are be­cause they can, if they wish, give them­selves a raise to al­le­vi­ate any deficit in their pocket money.

I have in the past com­plained bit­terly via the South Waikato News about the ab­so­lute lack of con­sid­er­a­tion by this coun­cil of public opin­ion. Even when this opin­ion is asked for and given it is con­sid­ered ir­rel­e­vant and to­tally dis­re­garded. The South Waikato Sport and Events Cen­tre has al­ready con­trib­uted 1.3 per cent to the rates in­crease in year one. What kind of in­creases will it con­trib­ute to if it proves un­fi­nan­cial in the fu­ture?

We have been as­sured that this fa­cil­ity will not in­crease rates by more than 2 per cent but we can be sure that this is open to re­view. Hav­ing used fig­ures quoted, the in­crease of rates on my home will be $213.22 by year two. I may have to con­sider be­com­ing a wan­derer.

J.C. Sim­cock, Toko­roa. side. The wall had been breached and holes had formed be­hind. New tim­bers were fit­ted where re­quired and the ero­sion in-filled.

Within weeks we were back to square one, the ero­sion was back – no mem­brane in­side the retaining wall and in-filled with pu­mice sed­i­ment from the lake. Ex­panded poly­styrene beads would have been just as good.

Could we reg­is­ter our coun­cil as a char­ity? At least then we could claim our do­na­tions (rates) against our tax.

This is just an idea re­gard­ing our na­tive plant­ings.

If any of the chil­dren in­volved in the plant­ings should read this let­ter and they could per­suade mum and dad to take them to see how there plants are thriv­ing that would add ex­tra in­ter­est for them and added in­cen­tive for the pow­ers that be to get their act to­gether.

As a mat­ter of in­ter­est, I passed an­other three-me­tre tree de­stroyed by the coun­cil con­tract mower this morn­ing, to­tally van­dalised, in the do­main close to the Cos­mopoli­tan Bowl­ing Club.

R Free­man, Toko­roa

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