Something For Bluffies To Consider

9 May

Given an over 100% increase in the Bluff Town Hall Rate I asked this on the community board facebook page

Why is the Bluff Town Hall Rate going up from $8.35 to $15.00 per property?

Here is the response

Ray Fife says “because the overwhelming responses was to retain the town hall, we neededed to upgrade, meaning toilets, meeting hall, kitchen etc. We put a survey out last year, and the majority of responses was to retain and upgrade, so that’s what we are doing. The decision was made by the Bluff Community Trust.” Apologies, Ray Fife is currently away on holiday.

My thoughts

1: I don’t care if ‘Ray Fife is currently away on holiday.‘  I didn’t ask anyone in particular to respond.

2: The ‘Bluff Community Trust’ has three community board members on it, one being Ray Fife so don’t try to (inappropriately) distance yourself from the situation.  Front up with all the information, don’t try to redirect or distance yourself.

3: “We put a survey out last year, and the majority of responses was to retain and upgrade, so that’s what we are doing.” – Why have I not seen anything in minutes or on the community board facebook page outlining this?  What avenues have they already tried to get fund it?

I asked

Did the elected members representing us on the trust look at other funding options before approaching the ratepayers (100%+ increase) http://www.communitymatters.govt.nz/Funding-and-grants…

The response

Ray Fife says, “I’m aware the Bluff Comunnity Trust over a number of years now have applied to community funders for funding and have been unsuccessful. We tried for funding in other avenues without success. The other option without adequate funding was to look at shutting it dfown.” Ray Fife is happy to be contacted by phone (027 447 5317) if you wish to discuss this further

And I offered

There are six trustees.If the trustees can’t get the funding maybe the community can be involved, it was intended to be a ‘community asset’….I would help with funding applications etc….if applications have been made then quotes must have been obtained – you can email the quotes to me motupohue@mail.com along with the declined funding applications and I’d be happy to help (and know some others that probably will)

How sad the community is not approached to help rather than expected to fund it.  The increase has not come to my attention through minutes or community board facebook.  I had to look it up.  Communication is two way street.

 

 

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