Rates proposal shows what a mess we’re in

LETTER

Re: Nod to 5pc rate hikes, December 15 story.

Consternation describes how Gisborne ratepayers feel about the prospect of rates ballooning over the next decade. If 5 percent rises continue, rates will be 63 percent higher 10 years from now.

Inflation is less than 2 percent and Mayor Meng Foon promised 2 percent maximum rate increases.

These rate rises that are now being proposed have serious consequences for residents, and I’ll tell you why.

Many people here are renters — rents are rocketing up already and now these rate rises will be added in too. What about struggling shop owners who pay rent?

Around town people say the GDC is out of control with our money — quick to spend it and quick to look for glory. A new council building was certainly not urgent or needed. Likewise the “bridge to nowhere” is just plain dumb. Roading is a huge problem but nobody talks about the recently-allowed increased carrying capacity of logging trucks. Roads are damaged on one side only — on the left side leading to Gisborne. Therefore logging trucks are responsible for the damage. The inner harbour development was meant to be started by Christmas.

The council needs to attract more government funding and needs to tighten its belt. It has so many projects spending our money, when interest rates are predicted to rise.

Government-funded walkways are fine, but do we really have to have more?

The Cook Landing Site is a mess — but solutions need to come from outside funding only.

Be decisive for rail to Napier. Rail can take increasing logging trucks off the streets of Gisborne — whether the logs from the Wairoa area go south to Napier or come north to Gisborne.

GDC, ask yourself what is most important for our small poor city where only 30.6 percent of residents actually pay rates?

What a bloody mess. Somebody has to speak up as Gisborne homeowners, shop and house renters will be landed with ridiculously large rate increases because GDC’s direction is towards increasing debt.

The priority is clean water. Ending raw sewage going into our rivers is what I would like my money spent on.

Alain JORION

Re: Nod to 5pc rate hikes, December 15 story.

Consternation describes how Gisborne ratepayers feel about the prospect of rates ballooning over the next decade. If 5 percent rises continue, rates will be 63 percent higher 10 years from now.

Inflation is less than 2 percent and Mayor Meng Foon promised 2 percent maximum rate increases.

These rate rises that are now being proposed have serious consequences for residents, and I’ll tell you why.

Many people here are renters — rents are rocketing up already and now these rate rises will be added in too. What about struggling shop owners who pay rent?

Around town people say the GDC is out of control with our money — quick to spend it and quick to look for glory. A new council building was certainly not urgent or needed. Likewise the “bridge to nowhere” is just plain dumb. Roading is a huge problem but nobody talks about the recently-allowed increased carrying capacity of logging trucks. Roads are damaged on one side only — on the left side leading to Gisborne. Therefore logging trucks are responsible for the damage. The inner harbour development was meant to be started by Christmas.

The council needs to attract more government funding and needs to tighten its belt. It has so many projects spending our money, when interest rates are predicted to rise.

Government-funded walkways are fine, but do we really have to have more?

The Cook Landing Site is a mess — but solutions need to come from outside funding only.

Be decisive for rail to Napier. Rail can take increasing logging trucks off the streets of Gisborne — whether the logs from the Wairoa area go south to Napier or come north to Gisborne.

GDC, ask yourself what is most important for our small poor city where only 30.6 percent of residents actually pay rates?

What a bloody mess. Somebody has to speak up as Gisborne homeowners, shop and house renters will be landed with ridiculously large rate increases because GDC’s direction is towards increasing debt.

The priority is clean water. Ending raw sewage going into our rivers is what I would like my money spent on.

Alain JORION

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Peter Jones - 8 months ago
I was going to speak up but I got the chop. Can't think why? LOL.

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