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Kapiti March Against Water meters

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PUBLIC PROTEST MARCH -  What the heck do the good people of Kapiti do? Lets march for a referendum on water meters. And in general, in protest. Next Friday 20th April 2012. 12 noon, from Media house, Rimu Road north to the Kapiti Rd intersection, through it and east into the Kapiti Lights Complex, ending outside the KCDC Service centre for a short speech, and  mass submission form filling out. I have never organised anything like this before, nor do I have a lot of time,  so it is my aim that to make this really powerful, that every person stopping to watch the march, or taking part fills in a submission form and they all get delivered to the Service Centre desk. 

KCDC have the CRAG report as we are all reading and despite sitting in the meeting right up to lunchtime, I am still waiting to see our Councillors carry out robust debate on whether or not to have the ratepayer referendum we asked for. What actually happened was, The CRAG was asked to do the considering so when the report was on the table last Thursday recommending the referendum not proceed, Council just accepted that decision within the report and bang done! So much for (Quote the Mayor) -‘we believe ratepayers can not make a decision in a referendum without having read of all the information in the CRAG report.’

The 51 page report is on the KCDC website as a PDF. Please read it, I have, and in my opinion, it does promise to deliver every nightmare scenario we have been warned about from other areas.

IE:

* The aim to reduce costs to pensioners who have been subsidising heavier water users, went out the window when the CRAG voted on a 50%/50% charging scenario. It will cost them more than now.

*The referendum we requested went out the window, It was too hard to write fair questions on it. ‘quote Don Hunn’

* The 50 %/50% charging formula was chosen because it would be simple to understand and easy to apply annual price increases. 

* A free initial basic water use allocation to each household went out the window. It was too hard to calculate, We will be charged for every drop. (In short this deletion in the report was described by one Councillor as, “All Council table agreed was based on this presumption, That is a paradium shift and a problem for Council. We have been duped, the public will think they have been duped”

* While saying on one hand that Council aims to save 5% of all private usage by introducing water meters. They are accepting that their own loss from the public infrastructure has risen from 20%- 25% as disclosed in an Official information request last year to 25% – 30 % this year and over the next 30 years and they have written this loss into the costing calculations as being OK. OK? I don’t think so!

* Council have worded in $36M expected spending on infrastructure into all costings scenarios, so it is loaded from the outset. “Yes, they have selected the result they wanted and got the report written to order to fit that outcome”.

* On the future of the dam – CEO quote’ Just get the ratepayers on the phone for the survey and use that opportunity to end discussion about the dam.’

SUBMISSIONS -  We only have Mon 16th April until 17th May to get in submissions. 4 weeks and we need to flood Council with them.  Please only use the Councils form or else they will be counted as one submission no matter how many people sign it. 

PUBLIC PROTEST MARCH -  What the heck do the good people of Kapiti do? Lets march for our referendum. And in general, in protest. Next Friday 20th April 2012. 12 noon, from Media house, Rimu Road north to the Kapiti Rd intersection, through it and east into the Kapiti Lights Complex, ending outside the KCDC Service centre for a short speech, and  mass submission form filling out. I have never organised anything like this before, nor do I have a lot of time,  so it is my aim that to make this really powerful, that every person stopping to watch the march, or taking part fills in a submission form and they all get delivered to the Service Centre desk.