Understanding the Finances of the Draft Long Term Plan

There is nothing like a big rates rise, much like Mayor King’s proposed 15.5% increase, to open the eyes of ratepayers as to how the city funds its activities. Quite rightly, Ratepayers are demanding answers as to how we got into this mess – myself included! Key messages...
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The Funding Challenge of a Growing City.

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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Now is the time to act: The housing situation in Hamilton needs urgent attention with house prices increasing over 30% in the past 12 months. We are now reaching a point where many of our young people are being priced out of the market, families are spending an increasing ...
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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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For too long there has been a clear disconnect between the perceptions Hamiltonians have of our CBD and the facts. As a city we need to celebrate success and become better storytellers. The GDP of our CBD is leading the country at 8.1%, retail spending in the city is up 4.3...
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