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.