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An unnecessary expense

Opinion Piece

Ratepayers’ money spent on sister cities, an unnecessary yearly expense of $15,000, can be used for our much needed sort-out of sewer and stormwater problems, or food and housing for our homeless.

There’s talk of a budget surplus of $3.7 million and so many jobs to be done.

Yes, the walkways look nice, the paintings on the buildings look nice, the bridge wall looks nice, the waka on the council entrance looks very nice and more.

Now can all proposed mayor and council candidates please give their view on spending ratepayers’ money on sister cities in Japan, China, the US, Tahiti, and friendly cities in Australia, Italy, Spain and Britain? Nice holidays for our mayor and councillors also.