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South Waikato News - - OPINION -

South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Craig Hobbs replies: Mr Young reg­u­larly sub­mits to the coun­cil through its con­sul­ta­tion pro­cesses and has sub­mit­ted on re­duc­ing pool user fees sev­eral times. The coun­cil has con­sid­ered this – and his other sub­mis­sions and in most cases de­ter­mined that his ideas are ei­ther not fea­si­ble or prac­ti­cal. This is al­ways com­mu­ni­cated to Mr Young but it seems he is un­able to ac­cept the coun­cil’s de­ci­sions if they do not go in his favour. The coun­cil is re­quired to un­der­take a for­mal rep­re­sen­ta­tion re­view which will seek com­mu­nity ideas pre-Christ­mas and be pub­licly con­sulted on next year. With re­gard to Mr Young’s com­ments on ex­pen­di­ture; South Waikato Dis­trict ratepay­ers are pay­ing less in rates than any other dis­trict in Waikato and in fact have the sixth low­est rates out of the 61 dis­trict coun­cils in New Zealand. While Mr Young may not think so, as they don’t al­ways agree with his ideas, the demo­crat­i­cally-elected coun­cil­lors are do­ing an ex­cel­lent job on be­half of the peo­ple who voted them in to make de­ci­sions on their be­half.

South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil.

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