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oF^P^VES COMKJi-tTEE'S Vbthods.


At the meeting of the Ashburton Borough Council last evening, Cr. Christian asked for an explanation .of the method used for arriving at the value of sections for. rental. He re-fM-rftd to one section tor which the rental was fixed at. £6, £7, and £8 per annum. That section was not nearly so valuable as one charged £4, £5, and £6 The Mayor was about to explain whe" Cr. Christian stated that he would like the chairman of the Reserves Committee to explain. Cr. Hefford (chairman ot the Reserve's Committee) said that the value of the sections was fully discussed always, and what had been done had been done' unanimously. The value of adjoining property was taken into consideration and what was considered a fair rental arrived at/ . ■. Cr. Christian said that : he wished to congratulate the chairman of the Reserves Committee'on the way he had tried to wriggle out ot explaining, and to show that he knew something about the matter when he knew nothing at all. He (Or. Christian) wished to know why so much ,was charged for a mere gravel pit so far away from the town, as compared with a valuable section a minute or two 1 from the post office. ■ '' Cr. Buchanan: "And that's only. a gravel pit.' 1 The Mayor-explained that before the prices for leases just panted had been fixed, the section had been visited by i himself and some of the councillors. The section that Cr. Christian had leased had been dealt with earlier. Cr. Christian said that he was not discussing his own lease. He wanted! to know if the practice of charging 1 more for leases the nearer they werr- to the post office was to continuev There was a great disparity in the value of the two sections he referred" to, to say nothing of the fine fence round the more valuable one. The public should be let know how the values were arrived at. Or. Orr explained that the demand for Glasgow leases was hot so great at present as when Or. Christian'had secured his. At that time there had been a great rush for sections. Cr. Christian: "I have not spoken of my lease at all." Cr. Orr: "But you mean it, just the same." The Mayor said he thought-Or. Hefford had given a' good explanation. Or. Christian: "I cannot accept Cr. Hefford's explanation, as none has been given." Cr. Ferriman said that one of the sections referred to by Or. Christian had been let at far too low a price.— (Or.. Christian: Hear, hear).—He had always contended that they had been letting the sections at too low a figure. Cr. Buchanan thought the whole matter was a question of demand' and suddlv. It was the question of getting tenants, and for getting buildings erected. The rates brought in twice the amount the rents did. The Council needed more income, and' they would not have let any of the sections at all if they had not made them attractive by conditions. If the rents were put up as suggested they would not let another section in 20 years.

Or. Hefford said that hf did not know that he could give any fu)rther explanation. The committee had put on sections what they thought a fair value.

Cr. Christian: "How do you arrive"

j Or. Hefford said that he could not say from memory as to the one referred to, as it had happened three years ago. As to the one they had fixed at £4, £5, and £6, those adjoining were being charged £3, £4, and £5 for. Had the rental been fixed higher it would have been vacant for a much longer time. They were now getting £1 more for the section than had been originally fixed unon. The Council also got the waterrate and the ordinary rate instead of the section being allowed to lie idle, which he thduglit good "business. As the years.went on,'the rental would increase, and in the course of 20 or 30 years the revenue from these sections would mean much money for the borough.

The discussion then dropped

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FIXING RENTALS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8808, 3 March 1914

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FIXING RENTALS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8808, 3 March 1914

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