Time for ratepayer revolt?

LETTER

Re: Wastewater issues.

Saturday’s editorial and Ron Taylor’s contribution should be required reading for all councillors who appear hell-bent on inflicting large rate increases on the long-suffering ratepayer.

Do they honestly think that 5 percent increases each year for the next five years, which would be a 27 percent increase in total, is affordable?

Is the proposed wastewater upgrade actually necessary from a health point of view, or is it being done to assuage the cultural/environmental concerns of a small vocal group? The council needs to explain why the upgrade is necessary, and how it can be afforded.

ECT also needs to come to the party and start giving back to the community it purports to support.

The local body election this year should be very interesting, as councillors tie themselves in knots trying to be “fiscally responsible” while overseeing large rate increases!

Perhaps it is time for a ratepayer revolt, where we refuse to pay any increase in our present rates, or perhaps 2 percent increases — as was formerly promised by the Mayor.

Michael Arnaboldi

Re: Wastewater issues.

Saturday’s editorial and Ron Taylor’s contribution should be required reading for all councillors who appear hell-bent on inflicting large rate increases on the long-suffering ratepayer.

Do they honestly think that 5 percent increases each year for the next five years, which would be a 27 percent increase in total, is affordable?

Is the proposed wastewater upgrade actually necessary from a health point of view, or is it being done to assuage the cultural/environmental concerns of a small vocal group? The council needs to explain why the upgrade is necessary, and how it can be afforded.

ECT also needs to come to the party and start giving back to the community it purports to support.

The local body election this year should be very interesting, as councillors tie themselves in knots trying to be “fiscally responsible” while overseeing large rate increases!

Perhaps it is time for a ratepayer revolt, where we refuse to pay any increase in our present rates, or perhaps 2 percent increases — as was formerly promised by the Mayor.

Michael Arnaboldi

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W. Gerrard - 2 months ago
Michael Arnaboldi, I will be in support of a ratepayer revolt. Get a petition going. Also, ECT do have a lot to answer for in where they have given back to the community. Regarding Mayor Meng Foon breaking his 2 percent promise - has he been in the role too long? Can't wait for the local body election in October.

Bob Hughes - 2 months ago
It surprises that people in this day and age get more upset about increased costs of rates than the other more obvious threats I often mention.
Unlike other organisations we use that exist to profit from us, the council does strive to serve.
We take for granted piped water to site, and takeaway wastewater/sewage and rubbish services.
Also, the transport routes plus all the other infrastructure and essential services that underpin the quality of life we value. All has to be paid for.
Compare what we get for our rates with non-local body services - power, gas, internet and others we consider must-haves.
Accustomed to thinking the way we live is normal, water from tap, and flush toilet, light and heat at the flick of a switch, food from supermarket, instant get up and go by car and vacations.
Sorry, it is not. It is all new over the past two to five generations at the most.
I must say, instead of squabbling about rates and stuff, a revolt is indeed needed.
Revolt and prepare for a reversal soon to come, the days of living on less.

Lara Meyer - 2 months ago
"Is the proposed wastewater upgrade actually necessary from a health point of view, or is it being done to assuage the cultural/environmental concerns of a small vocal group?"
Michael, of course the upgrade is to address all three of your reasons noted above.
We "oldies" have absolutely no right to continue to exploit and pollute the environment as we have done, nor to trample all over the areas of cultural significance to Maori. This is about the condition and quality of environment we are leaving for our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The legacy. Suck it up princess.

G R Webb - 2 months ago
Ms Meyer, I invite you to read the 1993 decision of the Environment Court on the then discharge of untreated wastewater into Poverty Bay, particularly as to what Judge Whiting had to say about the balancing of Maori perspectives. Then you could cast your eyes over the 2015 decision of Commissioners appointed to consider a variation of the current discharge consent. What was said about environmental effects might just surprise you. Of course, only those who live in the city boundary will pay for the proposed cost increases. You may care to tell us whether you will be "sucking it up"?

Tony Pickett - 2 months ago
Can anyone tell me the names of persons on the group that recommended the move to fast-track the disinfection stage of the waste water treatment project?
This is a small cultural group that I do not want to vote for at the next local body elections.

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