'The Eastland Community Trust should set aside $5 million a year for Gisborne District Council projects'

There are many concerns around whether Eastland Community Trust should set aside $5 million a year for Gisborne District Council projects, the latest Gisborne Herald web poll shows.

Just over half of the 270 respondents to this week’s question, 56 percent (150 votes), agreed that such funding should be set apart.

Those against were 37 percent of respondents (100 votes), while 7 percent (20) were undecided.

Results showed that many who agreed with this week’s question still had concerns, and highlighted that community consultation was a must in the decision-making of council spending.

“Yes, so long as the council consults with citizens before spending it.”

“Yes, but with community involvement on what the projects are. Dont just leave it up to GDC.”

'Yes, provided ratepayers have an input so we don’t get more flash admin buildings while still having an appalling sewage problem'

“Yes, provided ratepayers have an input so we don’t get more flash admin buildings while still having an appalling sewage problem.”

Another voter agreed, but outlined conditions.

“Yes, although the exact amount should be considered against the returns from subsidiary companies, and the needs and aspirations of the community via GDC.”

One voter agreed, but said it should be used for non-core projects such as the pool, “which fits with the ECT’s mandate”.

One respondent who was happy with the $5 million figure, said it should be set aside for the best projects, irrespective of origin, not just those promoted by the council.

“We need the funds to be spent where they will influence the best outcomes for all citizens.”

Many who disagreed said the focus should be on community not the council.

“No, they should focus on community projects, regardless of the council.”

“No, it would take money away from other more deserving causes.”

'We are a small, and poor community and some of us fundraise all of the time so that groups and/or children don’t miss out'

“No, I think the trust should be helping community groups achieve their goals. We are a small, and poor community and some of us fundraise all of the time so that groups and/or children don’t miss out. I don’t mind the council getting some but that’s a lot every year.”

ECT needed to keep its focus on regional economic development, not local government responsibilities, said another respondent.

“There is too much risk of GDC projects being a never-ending hole of subsidised vanity projects that the region actually can’t afford, until we raise household incomes to at least the national average.”

Others had no faith in GDC decision-making.

“No, not for this Foon-led council. They have no business nouse.”

“No, the council needs to learn to live within it’s means. All this will do is make them even more profligate.”

Others who disagreed said the ECT should be refunding moneys to electricity customers instead of giving it to the council

Others who disagreed said the ECT should be refunding moneys to electricity customers instead of giving it to the council.

“This is rates by stealth. My line charges are 60 percent of my power bill.”

Undecided voters shared their reservations.

“With community involvement on what those projects would be, then yes,” said one voter.

“The concerning issue is the high initial and then subsequent blowout costs of council projects. Rates based on covering debt for non-essential, non-infrastructure projects is not acceptable either,” said another respondent.

One undecided voter said it depended on the plan put forward.

“For instance, if rates are due to rise by 6 percent a year, will the $5 million reduce the rates? Or will that just be on top of out- of-control increases? Really not enough information to make a good decision.”

There are many concerns around whether Eastland Community Trust should set aside $5 million a year for Gisborne District Council projects, the latest Gisborne Herald web poll shows.

Just over half of the 270 respondents to this week’s question, 56 percent (150 votes), agreed that such funding should be set apart.

Those against were 37 percent of respondents (100 votes), while 7 percent (20) were undecided.

Results showed that many who agreed with this week’s question still had concerns, and highlighted that community consultation was a must in the decision-making of council spending.

“Yes, so long as the council consults with citizens before spending it.”

“Yes, but with community involvement on what the projects are. Dont just leave it up to GDC.”

'Yes, provided ratepayers have an input so we don’t get more flash admin buildings while still having an appalling sewage problem'

“Yes, provided ratepayers have an input so we don’t get more flash admin buildings while still having an appalling sewage problem.”

Another voter agreed, but outlined conditions.

“Yes, although the exact amount should be considered against the returns from subsidiary companies, and the needs and aspirations of the community via GDC.”

One voter agreed, but said it should be used for non-core projects such as the pool, “which fits with the ECT’s mandate”.

One respondent who was happy with the $5 million figure, said it should be set aside for the best projects, irrespective of origin, not just those promoted by the council.

“We need the funds to be spent where they will influence the best outcomes for all citizens.”

Many who disagreed said the focus should be on community not the council.

“No, they should focus on community projects, regardless of the council.”

“No, it would take money away from other more deserving causes.”

'We are a small, and poor community and some of us fundraise all of the time so that groups and/or children don’t miss out'

“No, I think the trust should be helping community groups achieve their goals. We are a small, and poor community and some of us fundraise all of the time so that groups and/or children don’t miss out. I don’t mind the council getting some but that’s a lot every year.”

ECT needed to keep its focus on regional economic development, not local government responsibilities, said another respondent.

“There is too much risk of GDC projects being a never-ending hole of subsidised vanity projects that the region actually can’t afford, until we raise household incomes to at least the national average.”

Others had no faith in GDC decision-making.

“No, not for this Foon-led council. They have no business nouse.”

“No, the council needs to learn to live within it’s means. All this will do is make them even more profligate.”

Others who disagreed said the ECT should be refunding moneys to electricity customers instead of giving it to the council

Others who disagreed said the ECT should be refunding moneys to electricity customers instead of giving it to the council.

“This is rates by stealth. My line charges are 60 percent of my power bill.”

Undecided voters shared their reservations.

“With community involvement on what those projects would be, then yes,” said one voter.

“The concerning issue is the high initial and then subsequent blowout costs of council projects. Rates based on covering debt for non-essential, non-infrastructure projects is not acceptable either,” said another respondent.

One undecided voter said it depended on the plan put forward.

“For instance, if rates are due to rise by 6 percent a year, will the $5 million reduce the rates? Or will that just be on top of out- of-control increases? Really not enough information to make a good decision.”

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