I don’t care about the ‘sex scandal’ but this is directly related to his role as an elected member. Bylines like this won’t win over people
Mayor Brown refuses to supply budget information, as pledge to tighten belt in his second term is broken.
Nor do I believe this will be seen as acceptable by anyone
Mr Brown is proposing an overall increase in debt this year of $74 million.
This is largely thanks to the unbudgeted purchase of Colin Maiden Park for $60.7 million, approved weeks after he copped flak on the election hustings for soaring debt and hefty rate increases.
Consider how low the increase would have been without the park.
Mr Brown is proposing an overall rates increase of 2.4 per cent this year, but nowhere in any of his or the council’s information is there mention that the average household increase is 3.6 per cent.
The 3.6 per cent average increase for about 450,000 ratepayers has come about as a result of shifting $11.1 million of rates from business to household ratepayers. The average effect on business ratepayers is no increase.
While I appreciate the need to retain the park as a park, I would love to know why there were fears it would become housing and how the university came to the $60.7 million dollar price tag. Not very community spirited of them. I can see me googling this issue and wasting far too much time on it.
I missed City Talk. Set up your My Sky/DVD, it’s repeated at 6am.
I’ve been clearing out my computer. Housekeeping is not my forte (in the real or virtual world). Anyway, my PC is crying out for some TLC and in preparation I have been deciding what can go. I have come across my son’s stash of JPG’s. Some parents may be concerned. I have realised how similar we are (don’t tell him though)
It seems the opening of the oyster season has reminded people of the upcoming oyster festival. Trade Me tickets ($3 shipping) are selling fast. If you want to avoid any fees whatsoever, call in to Barnes Oysters on Spey Street, Invercargill and get your tickets.
Mayor Tim has this gem in his Southland Times opinion piece
Despite all the provocative headlines from around New Zealand, the real literary treasure for me was The Southland Times’ February 25 editorial headlined ‘‘Time, gentlemen, please . . .’’. This delicate, tasty little morsel of understated journalism drew a wafer-thin wiggly line between a former MP’s lobbying, port and cigar smoke and mayoral handshakes. Occasionally I have consultants but there is always a paper trail. The old school tie just didn’t cut the mustard.
Maybe for the consultants you have had a paper trail (we peasants never get to see it though) but could our Mayor could explain how his appointment as Director to the Airport came about? May I see the paper trail for it?
It seems there will be some transparency around the wild food festival. In January I was unaware of the Invercargill Rotary Projects company being listed on Charities. I may have just missed it but given the dates on Charities I am unsure of when it appeared there. Charities website claims the papers were uploaded in October. It also claims it was not registered until November though. I’ve never seen an organisation on Charities before it is registered…
They have not been given the usual first year of annual return filing exemption either. If it now applies for an exemption, we will know here is cloak and dagger behaviour going on. Time for some creative accounting then?