Residents in Christchurch face a rates increase of between 3.5 and 5.5 per cent next year to plug a $90 million hole in the city council’s purse left largely by the coronavirus pandemic.
Hopes for a much-vaunted lowering of the increase to zero have been dashed, with staff warning the policy would cause “unprecedented” redundancies, jeopardise projects and flout direct advice from the Government.
The authority also faces borrowing more than $100m over the next two years to pay for its coronavirus response and make up for an expected $61.8m in lost dividends from the trading companies it owns.
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Christchurch has not managed to get its recycling correct for a single day in the past nine weeks, leaving hundreds of tonnes needlessly being sent to landfill.
Council rubbish collectors have had to dump contaminated residential yellow bin waste every day since May 4, when recycling facility EcoCentral reopened after the coronavirus lockdown.
In that time 635 truckloads of recycling have had to be thrown away – almost half of what has been collected, or about 3175 tonnes. The problem, caused by people throwing non-recyclable waste into their yellow bins, has cost ratepayers about $635,000. Read more here.
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Patrick's been very busy since level 2 in and out of clients homes. Every day our animals wait eagerly to smell what hes been up to over the day. He prides himself on quality service at a good price and customer service however more and more I think he goes to work to check out all the cute animals out there. This weeks star client had a collection of cats...Patrick gravitated to the Burmeses and even worked out they came from the same breeder as our baby.
Every evening our family hear about all the 4 legged friends he has made and i even had a work colleague in my other job (ED Nurse) say "my sister has had Patrick out on a few jobs now, did you know they call him the dog whisperer. Oh and they're really happy with the work too"
It makes me remember all the times with EQC work the tradesmen repeatedly let out my animals and treated them with disrespect. Every animal lover would be glad to have Elusion care for both their pets and Electrical needs.
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Shan, Patrick and Elusion team.