Deja Vu

26 Sep

Vibrant Invercargill must think it’s groundhog day.  This from the Southland Times letters to the editor in 2009:

Wobbly support for Vibrant Invercargill
The Invercargill City Council’s Long Term Council-Community Plan appears at first reading to be, like the curate’s egg, good in parts.

However, what I, and no doubt many others, find utterly bewildering is the decision to stop collecting the $75,000 levy from the inner-city retailers to fund Vibrant Invercargill’s operations.

This is not a decision for council to take. The inner-city retailers pay for, and benefit from, this organisation and no doubt claim it as a business cost on their tax returns.

The agreement for the $10 million, ratepayer-funded, inner-city upgrade stressed the importance of establishing a fully funded fulltime position to manage the improved environment, co-ordinate promotion of business activities, encourage the preservation of our heritage buildings and liaise with similar organisations throughout the country.

It was recognised that without this ongoing oversight any advantages gained from the upgrade would gradually erode and, over time, prove to be $10 million wasted.

I would have thought that if the retailers no longer want to pay for this service they would have made their feelings known to both the Vibrant Invercargill board, the city council and possibly through this column. Which then begs the question: which city councillor(s) put the legs on this proposal?

No doubt the council, in wanting to act both fairly and consistently to all ratepayers, will also be considering dropping that $500,000 Stadium Southland levy.
Alan Swallow, Invercargill

 

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2 Responses to “Deja Vu”

  1. Philip T September 26, 2013 at 6:17 pm #

    And the $500K for assisting to run the stadium has been paid over the last years that their has been no stadium. Interesting how council fails to develop some transparent processes for all such funding with clear goals for organisations to achieve. The happily throw ratepayers money at things that grab their fancy but fail to follow through and get some accountability for their constituents.

    • Kylie September 26, 2013 at 6:31 pm #

      I was looking at the 2012 finances and see they only get $50k in sponsorship. The oyster festival get more than that for a one day event. The stadium need to be trying harder!

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