Couldn’t Agree More

15 Aug

A letter in today’s paper couldn’t be more true.

Rates waste

I would like to take this opportunity to bring to the attention of the ratepayers of Invercargill some of the wasteful spending of our rates.

The $40,000 on a caravan, not including the outfitting of it. I have seen it once being towed down Gala St.

The $18,000 on trips to China to purchase Christmas lights that could have been done using a New Zealand company or through the internet.

The $20,000 loss on the fireworks that were hailed as a great success. Why pay to see them when you can stand outside and watch them for free?

The $10,000 on Nigella Lawson that was going to put Invercargill on the map. God knows how she was going to accomplish that.

I feel the mayor and some council members have lost focus on core values, mainly infrastructure: roads, footpaths, water, parks, sewerage, etc.

Time for a change.

R Wilkinson

Invercargill

I would also like to add $12+ million for the Don Street business house nor have I forgotten the Otagonet shares approved then promptly sold back.  The monies were then used for an unapproved purchase.  Subterfuge of a grand scale.

What other idiot decisions can we think of?

$590K Chinese garden…Kakapo unit…

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3 Responses to “Couldn’t Agree More”

  1. Phil T August 15, 2016 at 9:34 am #

    That’s only scratching the surface. Years of the cost plus mentality will have led to huge inefficiencies and anyone standing could promise to halt the steady rise and rise of the rate take that has gone on for so long. However the sense of entitlement amongst many of the sitting councilors will mean much of this will be swept under the carpet in orger to grease the wheels of their re election.
    This has to be the best example of trying to circumvent democratic process I have seen to date. Shadbolt should just go out and buy off his challengers
    https://www.odt.co.nz/news/national/mayor-visits-rival-cost-saving-effort

    • Kylie August 15, 2016 at 9:50 am #

      The references in the article to the Mayoral car are redundant. He has full private use under legislation.

      • Phil T August 15, 2016 at 10:04 am #

        Yes the car is an aside but it is interesting that someone so interested in saving the ratepayers money doesn’t think about all the costs

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