PAULA'S BLOG

With the opposing strong views and criticism around City Finances it is no surprise if you are confused or, concerned about the City finances. I am very disappointed about them too. I do not want to burden ratepayers today or in the future with unnecessary rates increases. I...
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Why your views matter!

BIG rates and BIG projects are planned and I have some big concerns.  The Long Term Plan is out and is a blueprint for the city for the next 10 years and is reviewed every 3 years.  http://www.hamilton.govt.nz/ou....Things have changed since the 2012-2020 Plan.&nbs...
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The big rates rise of 18%, proposed in Mayor King’s Long Term Plan budget, has certainly alarmed ratepayers. Quite rightly, Ratepayers are demanding answers as to how we got into this mess – myself included!  The public are confused with so many different points of ...
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Ratepayers are confused and unhappy, and why wouldn't they be? On the one had they are told that we are using debt to run  everyday Council business, and that we need to aggressively grow our City to provide new homes. Another  message is that there is little mone...
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When Mayor King proposed the consideration of a 12% rates increase within months of being elected the people of Hamilton reacted with alarm. No one likes rates increases especially unexpected rates hikes. However, the truth is ratepayers and citizens have some big decisions ...
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The HALO Project

September 28, 2016
The Halo Project was established 8 years ago by John Innes, Kevin Collins and I with the objective of improving our biodiversity here in Hamilton. John believed, quite rightly as we have seen, that we would be able to bring Tui back to the city if we introduced effective pes...
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Rates and Affordability

September 13, 2016
Rates are always a tough issue; who should pay and how much? I am a strong believer that every dollar the council spends is a dollar that we have collected from our constituents, and we should treat it as such. Spending and investment should be supported by thorough business...
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Transport and Parking

September 12, 2016
Parking: When it comes to parking in the CBD Hamilton needs change, and I don't mean the kind you put in the meter. To be clear, I'm not necessarily advocating for free parking in the city, I'm advocating for better parking. What that looks like needs to be determined in co...
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While affordable housing, timely infrastructure and a strong economy are vital for our city growth, let's not forget that it is our strong and vibrant communities that make Hamilton a great place to live. Over my many years in Hamilton I have seen how people value our green ...
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Paula says NO to water meters

September 7, 2016
I absolutely DO NOT support water meters for residential houses in Hamilton as it is my clear understanding that there is no strong business case. I am aware that the focus is on leak detection, a Smartwater education programme and a upgrade to the City's water treatment pla...
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