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TO THE TUTOR OF "THE PRESS." Sir, —In a letter in your issue of Saturday from the Secretary of the Cashmere Ratepayers' Association is given an example of rating, as it is now, and as it will be. if the loan proposals are carried In this example tho Thorrington area is ignored, and to complete the comparison the following examples arc necessary:— Rates" on £800 Capital Value:— Under precent conditions £3 17s Id Under loan proposals ... £9 Us6d showing an extra annual charge of £5. 5s 5d on an £800 property, and £3 2s Bd on a £400 property (as tho water charge would still be 20s). Theseare based on a future general rate ot id in the £1 in lieu of the present Id, although, to my mind, it is quite certain tho lower."rate will prove insufficient. As. to the statement that Woodbridge road was left-out of the first advertisements owing to a clerical error, I can only reply that it was not corrected in last Thursday's advertisement in "The Pross," and oven if this is not the statutory advertisement, it is very misleading to say of least of it. - Tho "grit, tar, etc.," which is to serve for footpaths is neither carrying out the statement made to the meeting nor the secretary's idea that tho works require to be thoroughly well done. It is a makeshift ut tho best, will not last without much upkeep, which ho desires to _ avoid, and another loan will be required in the near future to asphalt the [ footpaths in the whole district. Again, the example given is that oi' a value of a Hillside property, when; the rates will not be materially increased, whereas there arc very many properties whose, rates will be doubled or even trebled, instances of which wore given at the meeting of ratepayers, and the correctness of this statement admitted. Th<; secretary asks when are we going to place'reliance in our representatives, andsays that carping criticism disgusts them. As to the latter statement, he seems ignorant that the very essence of good local government is open, honest, and fearloss criticism, and that is all that Mr U'right's letter contained. _ As to the former, public will place reliance in their public men just as soon as they prove worthy of it. Tiioso who worked and snoko for our Christciiurcii trams held out the most rosy pictures of the financial aspect, even to rrdudng 'the general rates, as the papers of that date prove. The Sydenham water supply cost double the estimate. The abattoirs wero to cost, about-£16,000; tliey hay« cost £30,000, and the end is not yet. The municipal bath wns to pay its way, and now we have our Mayor saying it was never intended to do so, ..The destructor, c-loc- ; trie lighting, and other municipal works, 'w«ro ludicrously out in the estimates serve! out to the public. To ' rome nearer-home,, the loan lor tlu> present drained area of the Cashmere Hills vr.".;; expendai a long time before the;- work finished, and after a lot of serious d.lay and trouble it was at length completed by overdraft. L <!o not wish io imply that Jill these works wore unnecessary, but I do say that tliis invincible optinirm ;md want of business foresight which .runs riot through nil our local politics is siiddlinj; the whole country with a vory .serious load of debt, and that when- ciipahis men onclcavmir to undertake, tho thank-' h'ss tJN'k of placing +hoir honest opiii- : io-.s bc-rorp tho luibli:;, if ill becomes ' anyone , to iiriu>?d!at"lv try n:fd brand then' i J "(•■-••■»'iv rri»-!fs."'—Yo-irs ' THORRINGTON RATEPAYER. " i -9 — j to T:r •: wniTor. ov "the puks?.' 1 i "Sir,—V."iil yon kindly albw mo to • correct :i statement made in my. letter. : published-in yo-ur Saturday's isj-nio. I 1 referred to Mr Wright as a member ! of the committee <>l ou;- R::lrpa;wr c ' , Association, aiid he was cprtainlv ! elected at'the l«st g-?nor:tl inerrinfj to that jxifiiio:!. but he informs m<; today that iip withdrew front.the committee prior ir> Mr G. M-. Hall, our set-ro-tary, leaving f-:»r Auckland.. I am sorry to hnvn unwittingly placed Mr Yvru'.ht in a false position, to show .that I was innocent ot olU:::i:r. \I may mention that only hstW?ek I cent him notice of a meeting of the committee at our chairman's residence, quite .thinking he was still..a-irrembor.' find ho s"nt .in apology. but it seems he thought i;r was a meeting of the Association. —Yours etc., WILLIAM BULL, Acting Secretary Ratepayers'Association. Cashmere Hills. Julv27th; 1912.

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CASHMERE LOAN PROPOSALS., Press, Volume XLVIII, Issue 14419, 29 July 1912

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CASHMERE LOAN PROPOSALS. Press, Volume XLVIII, Issue 14419, 29 July 1912