TCC’s horrific debt history continues unabated, ballooning from $58 million in 2004 to a projected $500 million plus in 2018/2019. Currently the fiscal profligates have demolished a perfectly good administration building: $60 million; eyeing up a new museum: $40 million, library: $35 million, rugby stadium: $50 million and upgrades for the Performing Arts Centre, Memorial Park, and Bay Venues. The list of ‘wishes’ is endless and now we have an insane $430 million monorail idea. They’ve let essential infrastructure fall into disrepair and won’t address Turret Road/15th Avenue and Hairini Bridge widening.
Consultancy with ratepayers is zilch, with no transparency, no openness, no honesty and showing no financial nous. TCC elected members are over-optimistic and always under-deliver so we have ‘castles in the air’ with less than five per cent of citizens using them while the other 95 per cent have no use for them.
TCC consistently breach tenets of the Local Government Act while splurging money on parasitic outfits (non-contributors) reeking of self-interest, indulgency and elitism. It seems to fulfil the criteria of the unqualified being selected from the unfit, by the apathetic voters, to do the unnecessary, supported by a bureaucracy providing a sure method of transferring energy into solid waste. New Year’s resolution: they must go and the quicker the better for Tauranga’s financial well-being.
R Paterson, Matapihi.