Small town penalty

South Waikato News - - NEWS/OPINION -

My wife and I moved here from Ro­torua. We re­cently bought a house as first-home buy­ers af­ter rent­ing for 18 months.

It came as a shock when we re­ceived a Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil rates bill. We were not told about pay­ing two dif­fer­ent rates in a town that has no pas­sen­ger rail and a very ba­sic in­fra­struc­ture.

How come a Toko­roa ratepayer is pay­ing for a lake in Taupo? Or a cy­cle cen­tre in Cam­bridge? Then there is the 3 per cent rise for three years.

A wa­ter pipe out­side my house sprang a leak which has just be­ing fixed. Turns out it’s an old rusted pipe that has been there for more than 40 years. How is this progress?

What’s the point of liv­ing in a small town when I could have bought a house in a city. At least I could see the progress. N Leathers


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