Titahi Bay could face a targeted rate for a proposed community board, if a petition being circulated by Titahi Bay Residents' Association chair Graeme Ebbett succeeds in establishing its long-desired board.
Mr Ebbett last week circulated a petition calling for a community board and is seeking 800 signatures - 10 per cent of the Titahi Bay population.
A poll of Bay residents would then be triggered, which could force the Local Government Commission (LGC) to establish a community board at the 2013 local body elections. The LGC has twice rejected Mr Ebbett's call for a community board, in 2006 and again this year.
The poll alone would cost the city $50,000, and a community board would cost $200,000 a year to service, mayor Nick Leggett says.
"We would probably have to look at a direct rate for Titahi Bay residents to pay for a community board," he says.
"It would be very difficult to argue that Cannons Creek residents or Whitby residents should be paying for a project focused on Titahi Bay."
Mr Ebbett says the board could be funded by salaries freed up when the council loses three councillors next year.
This would be unfair, says Mr Leggett, as all wards fund those salaries. He believes Mr Ebbett's motives are personal.
"This is actually about getting Graeme Ebbett elected to something. He's tried and failed four times to get elected to council."
Mr Ebbett's petition is entitled "Decisions Be Made By The Bay - Not For The Bay" and an accompanying email suggests issues like the mooted closure of Titahi Bay Library, the Moana Court flats, and Porirua Little Theatre would have been better dealt with by a community board.
"The Titahi Bay community is a community that is on its own [and] has its own interests, and the idea is that in losing a councillor [next term] we're going to have less representation - and the object of the community board is to advocate for our community," he says.
- Kapi-Mana News