Wellington City Council Takes Cheer Out Of Christmas
Media release from the Taxpayers' Union
City Council Takes Cheer Out Of Christmas
to this morning’s Dominion Post report that Wellington
City Council is replacing public Christmas trees and tinsel
with spot prizes, including rubbish bags, Jordan Williams,
Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union said:
“Wellington Council can’t find the money for a civic
Christmas tree, but only last month forked out $24,000 of
ratepayer funds for a new logo.
While we usually
applaud Council efforts to save money, surely a civic tree
to help Wellingtonians get into the Christmas spirit isn’t
too much to ask.
Ratepayers expect festive
decorations, not lame ‘spot prizes’ such as rubbish
bags. What’s next, family passes to the
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Gordon Campbell: On Drone Strikes And Judith Collins‘ Last Stand
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