RATES RAGE

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Well, well here we go again – an­other coun­cil in its mind­numb­ing wis­dom wants to spend $26 mil­lion-plus on The Square.

This is on top of the pre­vi­ous $50 mil­lion Bell-Booth fi­asco. The same plat­i­tudes are rolled out to the ef­fect that it will be a shot in the arm for the CBD.

‘‘It’s an ex­cit­ing master plan’’ roars the mayor, ‘‘we are go­ing to fix park­ing by tak­ing away over 200 car parks forc­ing cars to park fur­ther out into side streets’’. Wow! Why would we bother? It will be off to Feild­ing for me.

This money will plunge the city even fur­ther into debt, thereby forc­ing rate rises, which this coun­cil has failed mis­er­ably to pro­tect its cit­i­zens from.

The fact that $50 mil­lion al­ready spent has hardly re­sulted in any cost ben­e­fits to ratepay­ers, seems lost to this coun­cil.

Fur­ther on cost ben­e­fits, may I con­grat­u­late this coun­cil on in­creas­ing the gate fees charged at the Ash­hurst and Bun­nythorpe rub­bish trans­fer sta­tions. Now we will see more fly-tip­ping than ever.

If it comes to spend­ing $40 get­ting rid of a mis­er­able boot­load of rub­bish at a trans­fer sta­tion or spend­ing it on food for al­ready strug­gling fam­i­lies, then yep, over the bank goes the rub­bish.

Per­haps we should spend some of the $4 mil­lion promised for re­fur­bish­ing the li­brary on re­duc­ing costs to ratepay­ers in rub­bish dis­posal, fix­ing pot-holes and mow­ing lawns, but nah, that saves the ratepay­ers money. We mustn’t do that, huh?

Joe Rush Palmer­ston North

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