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    You might have commented between my posting and my editing then re-posting.

    Yeah I know, it's all our money. What I guess I mean is that they get addicted to the constant inflow of cash and they never ever want it to stop. And not only that of course, they're constantly dreaming up ways to squeeze more out of us.

    Like the mafia.
    Squadly dinky do!

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    oh yes

    the lefty councils have no wish to EVER reduce spending

    or even tie it to inflation

    to them it's all about increasing services

    pretty much regardless of the cost

    and that's why len brown's

    world's most liveable city

    became

    world's most unaffordable city

    teams of them are right now

    dreaming up new targeted rates

    and shifting traditional spending to these new categories

    so they can persist spreading the lie

    that "rates" have only only gone up 2.5%
    Last edited by eri; 20-02-2019 at 07:37 PM.
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    Well here's a new and nefarious way to swell their coffers....

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/111...buP1diR8LPxXQU
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    Quote Originally Posted by sidinz View Post
    Well here's a new and nefarious way to swell their coffers....

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/111...buP1diR8LPxXQU
    Seems to me that there is more to that story than we are seeing.
    Or it could be a 'standard' bureaucraticcock-up.

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    sad thing is there are no coffers to swell

    just a yawning debt hole to fill

    caused by their belief that they can tax homeowners an endless increases, ostensibly to run the city infrastructure

    but more oftenly diverted to thrown at 'people' problems

    not what rates are for
    Last edited by eri; 15-03-2019 at 11:58 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne View Post
    Seems to me that there is more to that story than we are seeing.
    Or it could be a 'standard' bureaucraticcock-up.
    The neighbour commented below the story.
    Apparently there was some mesh climbing trellis and an old fire pit on the land from around 75 years ago when it was a kiwifruit orchard. The council called them a fence and incinerator, assumed the Winns had put them there ('built a fence') and decided that their presence there was proof that the Winns had been using council land for their private purposes and therefore they were liable for the removal/disposal costs.

    Basically jumping in, guns blazing, charges slapped on without even looking into the facts. "Oooh, there's some stuff here. The neighbours must have done it. Naughty neighbours using council land. They'll have to pay."
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    Wellington City home owners face a regional rates hike of up to 15.2 per cent

    is wellington council aligned with the coalition?

    they certainly seem to 'spend + tax' like they are

    did they campaign on any promises to keep rate rises down?

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/111...f-152-per-cent

    edit: pretty easy pick...

    4 councillors identify as labour, inc. mayor

    3 - green party

    5 - independent


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wellington_City_Council

    nick, the mayor since 2016, ran on a platform of fixing public transport

    how's that going?
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    The thing about this story is not so much that the council requires a $40K traffic island (although looking at the photo I'm not sure why), but the fact that they expect the business to build it themselves.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/...ectid=12218138
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    Quote Originally Posted by sidinz View Post
    The thing about this story is not so much that the council requires a $40K traffic island (although looking at the photo I'm not sure why), but the fact that they expect the business to build it themselves.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/...ectid=12218138
    The council only likes the money to go one way... towards them.
    Squadly dinky do!

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    Default Brilliant post!

    I couldn't agree more! They spent a lot of money for nothing, but compromising people's living environment by claiming they are helping! Some council is counting things by 'mm' now, that leaves no contingency for people to design, it is completely dull because they spent a lot of time ( with $300 charge out rate ) trying to do their version of things rather than allowing for a little contingency which do not matter to the wider living environment.


 

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