Hamilton Council Under Review
The Hamilton Residents and Ratepayers Association Incorporated is a group of people who want the best for our city. Hamilton is a great place to live and work, and we want it to get better. None of us have the time to keep up with everything the council does, but as a group, we can share the tasks and keep each other informed.
We are worried about council spending.
We are not anti-growth. We are not anti-debt (if it is a good investment). We simply want value for money.
The rates rises are hurting people. Council estimates the number of ratepayers unable to meet their rates will quadruple. This is programmed poverty. It doesn’t even include the effect on renters.
Is it worth it? Is the money being spent wisely? These questions should be easy to answer. The information should be easily available – because we, the residents, have already paid for it.
Unfortunately, it is not easy. We are concerned about a lack of transparency. Individuals would probably give up, but as a group we can work harder to get the facts.
We will invite councilors and staff from both Hamilton City Council and Waikato Regional Council to respond and open up a dialogue. There is a lot of frustration and anger in the community and we believe better communication with explanations in everyday language will help all of us understand it.
If we have misunderstood, then it should ease the anger. If we have been misunderstood, then council will understand why we are angry. If this is the case, we are willing to work with council on solutions.
We believe people have a right to expect accountability, integrity, and transparency in a democracy. Anyone who is afraid of these should not be involved in councils. We will keep demanding these rights and will not be satisfied until we get them.
If you are interested in what is really going on, we welcome you to our meetings and look forward to you joining the association. We are not affiliated with any political party. All we want is for your voice to be heard.