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Here We Go Again

Here We Go Again.

The Council wish list for this year is here at last.

(1) They want a brand new museum at 5 million by way of a loan.
(2) A new sport hall at Lake Karapiro cost 2 million dollars.
(3) 100.000 dollars in cost overruns probably funded by way of a loan to cover cost of overruns on the new Events centre/swimming pool and add in a public toilet to the facility.

You may have noticed that none of the above money has been allocated for essential services. If these break down do we sell our silver at fire sale prices.

Ratepayers have been given a present of a 4.2% rate increase for 2001and a estimated increase of 6.1% next year. Also a public debt increase from $13.149 million in the year 2000 to a new debt of $21.769 million for 2001. This is expected to increase to $28.931 in the 2002/2003 and then $32.161 million in 2003/04 according to Council documents.

The new current levels equal approximately $1,416.00 per property (or about $549.00 per person) and it is suggested they will properly go up to $2,000.00 in a couple of years and finally reach $2,641 in 2007. It can only be hoped that every rate payer has a massive pay rise and that all the farmers in the district have some really good years of production.

Mind you we cannot complain as the mayor and his deputy have told us in the past that we voted them in and they will do as they see fit. I ask all rate payers not just the 49% that voted last time but 100% vote this time and have your say one way or the other at the elections in October this year.

Gavin Cooper Council Candidate Waipa Local Democracy

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