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The BIG Question?

If someone puts their hand in your pocket, or asks for money and you say NO, but they take it anyhow - WHAT DO YOU CALL THIS? Some Hamilton Council Elected Members have ignored multiple submissions and voted to spend your money on projects when the majority have said NO. Council staff have spent YOUR money on projects without approval from the Elected Members, or having given YOU the courtesy of deciding whether they bring benefit to the community. Is this any different to your BIG QUESTION answ...

September 8, 2019

Directors on Council Controlled Organisations get a 14.1% pay rise.

No wonder they increased our rates by 9.7% last year.  https://www.stuff.co.nz/busine... That median fee for CCO directors was 37,000 for an average of 140 hours work for non executive directors, that is over $264 per hour, or the equivalent of $481,000 per year, more than Justin Trudeau the Prime Minister of Canada responsible for a population of 37million. As a resident and ratepayer did I agree to this?...

September 2, 2019

INTEGRITY - DOES IT EXIST

We are only weeks away from deciding the city leaders for the next 3 years. One of the key deciding factors for all candidates is ‘Can I Trust Them?’ WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? Trust must be earnt and is done so in a number of ways: Do they have intentions of furthering their personal prosperity through misuse of power? Can they sit around the table and listen? Do they actively communicate with the community, but more importantly respond? Early in the process, do they openly declare any conflict o...

September 2, 2019

IS DEMOCRACY BROKEN

The strength of Democracy lies in the ability of the democratically elected decision makers to understand and reflect the heart- beat of the community. In our great city, Democracy does not seem to be getting a fair hearing, currently when making extremely expensive decisions on our behalf, councillors have: Just 4 days to digest 1500 page reports Almost no time to communicate with the community Proposals that are largely driven by Council staff, not the Community Submissions that are largely i...

September 2, 2019

Democracy

The Hamilton Residents and Ratepayers Association INC observe a serious decline in the delivery of democracy between Hamilton Citizens, Elected Members and Staff. We appoint individuals to represent the community and expect that tools are in place to enable our representatives to express the will of the community. Considerable concern is being expressed in the community about the poor definition of projects, lack of financial control and communication with the community about project risks and l...

September 2, 2019

Can we AFFORD Hamilton City Council

One of the challenges noted in the HCC pre-election report booklet is that of Growth. The Hamilton City Council 2018 10 Year Plan details the infrastructure and services forecast by council staff and must consider the following growth factor: 20182028Hamilton Population (11% increase)169,300187,600source https://www.yourcityelections.co.nz/assets/Shape-Your-City-Hamilton-City-Council-Pre-election-Report.pdf This represents just a 1.1% per year population increase. At the same time there is Mass...

September 2, 2019

DEBT:The Case of the Green Dash

In May this year the Local Government Funding Authority (as advised by Fitch Credit Agency) placed the Hamilton City Council on a CREDIT WATCH The Hamilton City Council Chief Executive in the 2019 pre-election report challenges voters – and candidates – to get the facts and for all of us to deal with some serious issues and make some big decisions. As ratepayers we applaud this and throw the same challenge back to Council. As stated in the CEO’s report the continuation of rate rises in the...

September 1, 2019

Hamilton City Council Spending Problem

It was reported in STUFF on the 25th May 2018 that an elected member informed the Council that “We don’t have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem.” 12 months later the Local Government Funding Authority (LGFA) have place City Hall on a credit watch. This leads to a number of important questions for all residents and ratepayers, as we have to pay for council decisions. Do we have an UNCONTROLLED SPENDING PROBLEM? Each year the Hamilton City Council annual report informs our stewar...

September 1, 2019

Are We Election Ready?

The election of candidates on the 12 October 2019 for the Hamilton City Council is one of the most important decision we make every 3 years. This decision determines the moral principals  and direction by which this great city is governed. The Hamilton Residents and Ratepayers Association INC has prepared a manifesto to assist the selection of candidates who represent and are willing to demonstrate the core values of Democracy, Transparency, Accountability and Integrity. As it is very easy ...

September 1, 2019

Hamilton City Council Governance

When the Government Minister responsible for Health has Governance issues with the Waikato DHB they call for the resignation of all Elected Members and appoint a Commissioner. If Ratepayers have issues with Governance we express our opinion through a vote for Mayor and Councillors every 3 years. On the 12 October 2019 we all need to VOTE. In June 2019, Victoria University Institute for Governance and Policy Studies issued a report that states “Our current framework of long-term governance and...

September 1, 2019

Hamilton City Council Credit Watch

The Local Government Funding Authority, the organisation who provides loans to HCC have expressed their concern for the Debt level of HCC by placing the Council on a Credit Watch. This is a concern to Residential & Commercial Ratepayers and Developers as the only source of income is through these three groups. We were introduced to a potential 16% average rate increase in 2018, significant increases in development contributions and finally settled on an average 9.7% increases with a SUIP and dis...

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