Here we go, another impost

LETTER

I am saddened that the regional fuel tax Auckland City Council has created to charge Auckland fuel users a 11.5 cents per litre increase — to fund Auckland’s roads, tunnels and highways — is also being considered by our own GDC, to charge a similar additional fuel tax for all Gisborne’s residents and tourists.

This spreading regional fuel tax plan was shown on TV, where regions — including Gisborne — that think it’s a good idea were listed.

Some regions are not interested, such as our neighbour Hawke’s Bay.

As one writer responding to this news said, we are already isolated, with high unemployment, high transport costs and low on economic growth.

Almost nobody can avoid this tax, and it would accompany hugely increased GDC rates.

Incredibly, Auckland residents’ rates have been kept at only 2.5 percent rises — close to what Mayor Meng Foon used to promise for us.

We have exorbitant electricity charges that are captured by Eastland Community Trust and aguably not enough given to our most needy, and GDC is also planning a water charge for us all in the city.

Solutions on the horizon are electric cars coming in large numbers that don’t need fuel, and solar heating that would beat high electricity costs.

We could also capture the water on our home roofs — like our rural residents do — and pipe it into holding tanks in every backyard, minimising the water charges we will pay in future and maybe avoiding the need for a new city water reservoir in the longer term.

My plea to Gisborne District Council is to have compassion for all of us. Many of your ratepayers don’t earn a wage, such as senior citizens, the unemployed and battlers.

Maybe the proposed name change is no longer valid — we are telling the truth as “Poverty Bay”.

Alain Jorion

I am saddened that the regional fuel tax Auckland City Council has created to charge Auckland fuel users a 11.5 cents per litre increase — to fund Auckland’s roads, tunnels and highways — is also being considered by our own GDC, to charge a similar additional fuel tax for all Gisborne’s residents and tourists.

This spreading regional fuel tax plan was shown on TV, where regions — including Gisborne — that think it’s a good idea were listed.

Some regions are not interested, such as our neighbour Hawke’s Bay.

As one writer responding to this news said, we are already isolated, with high unemployment, high transport costs and low on economic growth.

Almost nobody can avoid this tax, and it would accompany hugely increased GDC rates.

Incredibly, Auckland residents’ rates have been kept at only 2.5 percent rises — close to what Mayor Meng Foon used to promise for us.

We have exorbitant electricity charges that are captured by Eastland Community Trust and aguably not enough given to our most needy, and GDC is also planning a water charge for us all in the city.

Solutions on the horizon are electric cars coming in large numbers that don’t need fuel, and solar heating that would beat high electricity costs.

We could also capture the water on our home roofs — like our rural residents do — and pipe it into holding tanks in every backyard, minimising the water charges we will pay in future and maybe avoiding the need for a new city water reservoir in the longer term.

My plea to Gisborne District Council is to have compassion for all of us. Many of your ratepayers don’t earn a wage, such as senior citizens, the unemployed and battlers.

Maybe the proposed name change is no longer valid — we are telling the truth as “Poverty Bay”.

Alain Jorion

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Peter Jones - 4 months ago
Their motive is to drive ratepayers into unrepayable debt. Agenda 21 wants no private property ownership so ratepayers of the future will be corporate. The agenda requires that private cars should be abolished but they obviously can't just decree such a thing. It's all being done through taxes. By the time you all wake up it will be far too late but I've been trying to point it out to the people of Gisborne for years. Corporate exploitation of our water supply is also another lash for the people that can't be far away. Our elected representatives are not representing for us. They represent for Eastland Group and the Eastland Community Trust and the other corporates who have Gisborne by the scruff of the neck. We aren't people . . . we are human resources.

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