Long Time No See

12 Jul

Yes, it has been a very, very long time.  I thought I would rear my head for a moment because of an issue that many find interesting (when they hear about it).  Generally no one gives a shite until it affects them, I have found that most people don’t even know this affects them – at all!

I am referring to the money taken out of our community each year; predominately by elected members.  Mrs Mitchell (ow – that hurt my tongue) has reported it in the Bluff Beacon but a lot of people don’t read the Beacon.

Here it is from the Beacon:

rates

The Local Government Act comes into the community board rate and I don’t have the time to get into that one right now but the Bluff Town Hall Rate needs comment I feel.

The back story is that ICC sold it to ‘Bluff’ for a dollar and the Bluff Community Charitable Trust took ownership as the legal entity that ‘owns’ it on our behalf.  The community board has three members on the Trust (the chair has to be a board member and has casting vote if a vote is tied).   Within no time the community trust (through the board at a board meeting) created the Bluff Town Hall Rate (2005/06 I think) and the Statement of Proposal claimed it would not need to go up in the next ten years.  It was $5.00 + GST.  It kept climbing to more than $8 and now we have it jumping up to $15.07 per property.

Going back three years we have the following expenses for the Bluff Town Hall

2011/2012

2012

2012/2013

2013

2013/2014

2014

It needs to be said that the 2014 finances show a $8,868 deficit BUT it should also be noted that the ICC rate levy (Bluff Town Hall rate) is not shown so the real deficit is only around $800.  One would hope they will be correcting this ‘error’.

I am at a loss to see where the $19K of operating costs are.  I am also at a loss to see where the $7K of maintenance every year is given PD are seen doing work there regularly.

Long story short …..what efforts are being made to reduce the costs on the Bluff ratepayers?  This equates to $19K out of the Bluff economy.  I would like to see funding applications for solar power in the long term but for now – why are we paying full rates for what is supposed to be a community centre?  Is this so they can make the improvements on the toilets etc?  If that is the case…that is NOT ‘operating costs’.  Making the town hall suit the needs of the changing community (and compliant for disabled users) easily suits the criteria for lotteries funding.

I have things to get on with right now but this is a big fail due to what seems to be laziness.  The Trustees need to do better and involve the community more rather than tapping them for more money without increased benefits to the residents.

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2 Responses to “Long Time No See”

  1. Luke November 3, 2015 at 9:25 pm #

    You should report this stuff to the Tax Payers Union? Better yet found a local branch of that organisation.

  2. Luke November 3, 2015 at 10:56 pm #

    Please feel free to drop me a line. It’s going to take more then one person to put a stop to the going’s on.

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