A Tauranga Museum?

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

Readers would have been as surprised as some councillors were by last week's headlines about a $100m museum and library in the city centre.

How could we possibly afford that or do that to ratepayers?

We can't and we won't.

On Tuesday, councillors took control and set a cap on a council contribution to a new museum on Cliff Road of $20m.

At the same committee meeting, and after a tied vote of 4-4, Committee Chair Larry Baldock voted to include an additional $25m for a new library in the budget as well.

I doubt the latter proposal will pass when it comes to full council, as it will need a majority of six and the three councillors who are not on the committee – Catherine Stewart, Bill Grainger and Rick Curach – are on the more financially conservative end of the spectrum.

When we consulted with the public face-to-face on a museum before the last election, there was an appetite among many people I spoke with to consider a museum, as well as a number who couldn't stand the idea.

Very few suggested a new town library, and certainly not at the cost we have before us now.

We need to get into the habit of valuing and maintaining the buildings we have. For $5.8m we could renovate one of our existing buildings and make the library one-third larger.

With an historic rate rise if spending isn't bought under control, a $20m saving on the library is an easy win.

6 Comments

who pays for the running costs ?

Posted on 14-12-2017 18:55 | By ow

roll on the next council elections- anybody remember how the art gallery was supposed to have no running cost to the council/ratepayers ?

Museum

Posted on 14-12-2017 07:05 | By Kancho

Well many people are not concerned about a museum. Probably like me they would prefer expenditure to be on more important areas. Inevitably rates will rise with the pressure to improve must haves life water treatment, sewage treatment, traffic flow, rubbish disposal the list goes on for a growing cities many needs. A museum just isn't a need nor even a want, just a underwhelming maybe at the very bottom of the list. So come on councillors be practical and spend rate payers money on the pressing needs like traffic flow etc that really get so much worse with every delay.

@ betelgeuse

Posted on 11-12-2017 08:36 | By Captain Sensible

"the city and residents want it"......... I know betelgeuse is not a planet, so what planet are you on??? Most people do not want it. Steve runs with the hares and hunts with the hounds.

@betelgeuse

Posted on 10-12-2017 12:41 | By Told you

How could you not see the Poll 80% to 20% not wanting the museum, what part of no dont you understand ?

Yes Please.Museum fan

Posted on 09-12-2017 21:12 | By betelgeuse

Please just get on with the job and build this museum.The city and residents want it ,We need our history on show rather than toss everything into some darkened hole and forget it.Without a reference to to the past we can never plan a better future.That everyones past historyCliff Rd is perfect.Great location,Elms,Redoubt etc.Was labeled the prefrered site years ago.I saw silly comments in earlier discussions that the people dont want it.They really dont have a brain. Lets just do it.

No control

Posted on 08-12-2017 20:22 | By Sg1nz

Steve says he took control. From the papers it seems that they just voted for the staff recommendation.

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