BOROUGH COUNCIL GESTURE.
Provided the Government will pass the necessary legislation the One Tree Hill Borough Council, in order to assist the Cornwall Park trustees, will exempt the trustees from payment of rate-s on the park lands. This decision w-as unanimously agreed to at last night's meeting of the council.
In bringing the matter before the council the Mayor, Mr. I. J. Goldstine, said that owing to increased taxation the Cornwall Park trustees were faced with difficulties. The land tax had increased from £300 to £1400 per annum. The present state of the park lands was due to lack of funds at the disposal of the trustees, and in no way was the council responsible. "As far as this council is concerned we have no jurisdiction over the park although it is in our area," said Mr. Goldstine. "However, it is a valuable asset to the borough and I think it would be a friendly gesture if this council could exempt the trustees from payment of rates on the park lands. These amount to £224 11/ and the levy ie on a special reduction which has been operative for about 12 years." ;
Mr. Goldstine said that under the law at present the council could not exempt the trustees from payment, but if the council supported him he would propose that the necessary steps be taken with the object of having legislation enacted that would enable the council to exempt the trustees from paying rates on the park lands. The rates for the present year had been paid.
In supporting the Mayor, Mr. W. G. Mulholland said Cornwall Park was one of the finest areas ill the Dominion and the suggestion put forward had to be regarded from a national viewpoint because the park was given by Sir John Logan Campbell to the citizens of New Zealand and not only to Auckland.
The council decided that the Mayor and town clerk. Mr. A. Leese, should discuss the matter with the trustees with the object of having the necessary legislation passed.
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CORNWALL PARK., Auckland Star, Volume LXVIII, Issue 196, 19 August 1937
CORNWALL PARK. Auckland Star, Volume LXVIII, Issue 196, 19 August 1937
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