Prop­erty val­ues

Whanganui Chronicle - - Opinion -

fi­nance and/or pol­i­tics on a global stage — are the log­i­cal power bro­kers to whom the mi­nor play­ers should be able to look to for lead­er­ship to­ward a sus­tain­able life for all.

This will not hap­pen. The glob­al­ist mantra of “profit be­fore all else” re­lies for that profit on ex­pand­ing mar­kets and, ul­ti­mately, the only way to en­sure that mar­ket when ev­ery­one has bought ev­ery­thing they could pos­si­bly need, is to cre­ate more con­sumers.

Can you and I do any­thing? I avoid buy­ing prod­ucts not grown/ man­u­fac­tured in New Zealand, if pos­si­ble.

I re­cy­cle, re-use, re­pair and buy sec­ond­hand “stuff”, which means that most of the in­come oth­ers can de­rive from my fi­nan­cial ac­tiv­ity stays in Whanganui.

JOHN THURLOW

Pi­tangi As any home­owner knows, an in­crease in their prop­erty value is fol­lowed by an in­crease in the rate de­mands from the lo­cal coun­cil.

Now, cour­tesy of a re­port (Chron­i­cle, Novem­ber 2), an is­suer of in­creased prop­erty val­u­a­tions for the Whanganui district has, for the first time I am aware of, pointed out that “. . . the val­u­a­tion growth is only ‘on pa­per’ un­til the prop­erty is sold”.

There­fore, coun­cil em­ploy­ees please note that any in­creased value in my prop­erty is not ef­fec­tive un­til the sale of my prop­erty and is not trig­gered by the sale of an­other prop­erty in the same sub­urb. So I be­lieve there is no jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for the Whanganui District Coun­cil to in­crease the size of their rate de­mand un­til a new owner has taken oc­cu­pancy.

V W BALLANCE

West­mere

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