Letter to the Editor - December 3: Centre is a grab for glory
REGARDING the wording of the council survey again requesting approval for a massive rate rise to fund construction and running costs of an entertainment centre.
Mayor Knight states: "If the community doesn't want it, and don't want to pay for it, it's a dead duck."
Steve McGrath said: "We're not taking this step lightly, but if we are to continue to provide the current level of council services, we have to find a way to pay for them."
Both are reasonable and noble assertions, flagging a democratically achieved decision, or are they?
If the question was, "Will you approve a modest rate rise to fund the maintenance and renewal of infrastructure like roads, water, sewage, waste etc.", most respondents would answer "Yes". If the question was, "Will you approve a massive rate rise to fund the construction and maintenance of an ostentatious edifice for entertainment and image", the response would possibly be a resounding "No".
I personally am totally opposed to what I view as cupidity if not stupidity in this grab for glory, but am perfectly willing to accept the will of the majority.
If this council wants an honest response, why not ask an honest question?