Do we really need more money?

Straight from city council
A personal view,
by Councillor Steve Morris


I'll never forget the time I was bailed up next to a fellow university student; he was grinning like a shot possum as he told me about his new-found wealth. He had figured out that he could increase the size of his student loan by claiming expenses for books he never intended to buy. “Don't you have to pay that back?” I asked. “Who cares, I'm off to the pub,” he said.

He may have come to regret the size of his loan when he realised it's harder to earn money than it is to drink it. However, unlike an individual or a business, councils are quite different; we can choose to increase our income any time by increasing rates. Why is that significant? Because on current forecasts we'll reach our borrowing limit in 2019. Spending must change or rates must go up.

Last week I showed you a way council could keep a lid on debt by reprioritising growth expenditure from 10 years ‘ahead of time' to ‘just in time' while keeping some nice-to-haves. However, given recent decisions to increase the height of the new Harrington St carpark from nine to 11 storeys at an extra cost of $4.5m (despite both evidence and advice to the contrary) and the on-again, off-again, on-again decision to spend an additional $1.5m on what is now a $4m i-Site I do wonder if there is enough appetite by colleagues to do some trade-offs or appeal for more of your money instead. Watch this space over the next six months.


For a start ....

Posted on 17-08-2017 20:17 | By KiwiAz

Steve, how about calling for the immediate suspension of the City Services Contract and start an investigation into the disgraceful goings -on by out of town companies forcing locals into absolute ruin. That these things are happening with full knowledge of TCC [ hence the secret negotiations re; contract ] is about as far removed from the ' Heart of the City ' as one can get. The growing stench must surely reach Wellington at some point we hope.

How about a reply?

Posted on 04-08-2017 12:34 | By Captain Sensible

I have been waiting for several months now Steve; why do you think us ratepayers should pay for your and your council chums meals???


Posted on 03-08-2017 17:42 | By Capt_Kaveman

Councilors and on a trip just like past members, just like many others i might just cash up and go elsewhere and say goodbye to my destroyed disgusting designed town that these voted idiots are making it into

Steve, what did you for our parking at the Mount?

Posted on 01-08-2017 14:21 | By jed

The council just destroyed a whole bunch of carparking outside the cafe strip by the twin towers. Why did you not oppose this? It is already difficult to get a park at the best of times, what possessed them to do this?

Steve, what are you on?

Posted on 28-07-2017 22:09 | By Murray.Guy

Steve, what are you on? Whatever it is, put some in the drinks of your fellow elected members and take up your role as community reps versus staff and GAL SYNCOPHANTS. An excellent analogy, most applicable.

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