Forget the ‘vision thing’ … it’s rates that matter to ratepayers. At least that’s the starting point.
Here’s the lead from an article in today’s DomPost:
“Many Wellingtonians would support a super city if they could save $2 per week.
“Survey results show that a $100 saving on their annual rates bill would be enough to persuade the 59 per cent of Wellington residents who opposed amalgamation to change their minds. And for 31 per cent it would take a saving of only 20c a week, or $10 a year.”
Could amalgamation in Hawke’s Bay produce $100 savings per ratepayer? Absolutely. Recall the savings from Auckland reorg we wrote about last week.
There’s no question that matters of the wallet strongly influence most ratepayers. But savings aside, many in the community who think seriously about the region’s future and work constantly to achieve better outcomes, also see enormous benefits in unified strategic planning and investment. The ‘vision thing’ has its place as well in the case for reorganisation.
That point is made strongly by Kerry Prendergast, Wellington’s last mayor, in this opinion piece, Wellington is lacking focus.