The Akaroa Mail TUESDAY, JUNE 9, 1914. RATING ON UNIMPROVED VALUES.
» This question was thrashed out here years ago when the proposal was rejected at the poll. Since that time a number of the towns have adopted the system, but in Wellington, at any rate, the new system has been a bad thing for the town. Many complaints have been made in other boroughs where this rating has been used and bowling greens and other places devoted tc pleasure have felt tbe brunt. Now in Wellington land owners have found it impossible io hold any of their gardens, and the loss is a serious one to a place like Wellington where gardens are so scarce. To our mind no system could be more .productive of slums than tbe unimproved values are, as landowners are naturally forced to
make use of every piecs of spare land We give below an extract, which is pari, of the report from the Welling ton correspondent of the •■ Press" on tbe new system :—" Owing to tbe system of rating on unimproved values which has prevailed here for some years past, one after another of
the beauty spots of the city in the shape of private gardens have disappeared, and the city has been de prived of luDgs that, though owned! privately, were really a public asset. I
There were peveral very pretty gardens of considerable extent within the I city boundaries a few years ago, but j tbe owners could not afford to ke e n
them going under such a taxing sys torn, and so beautiful flower beds and well-grown trees have been sacrificed to bricks and mortar or to tbe still plainer wooden houses. What ir
practically tbe last of the gardens haR just btfen sold. It is situated in Bowen street, just opposite Parlia meat House, aad has on it a well known dwelling in which is housed the finest library of New Zealand literature in the Dominion. If; j s understood that » well known doctor here is the purchaser. The present dwelling will probably be pulled down and several of the fine trees in the grounds will have to be chopped down Continuation of News on back pane
to make room for more bouses. R*' in? on uuiaiproved values has car tainly been a bud thing so far as tbe amenities of Wellington are concern ed, and public opinion is beginning to go dead against it."