Do you agree with city councillor Mike Ward's suggestion that people should sell their cars to make rates more affordable?
If you cannot pay your rates, why not flog off one of the family cars? That's a suggestion from city councillor Mike Ward during the wrapping up of decisions and months of discussion over Nelson's Long Term Plan.
The experienced politician suggested yesterday that one way for people to make paying rates more affordable was to "flog off one of the family cars", make cuts in other areas of household and personal spending, and make some lifestyle changes.
"The bus now runs right past a lot of people's homes and there are a whole lot of people out there who could flog off one family car to pay their rates.
"People are spending more on overseas holidays than ever before and our houses are bigger than ever.
"We make a lot of unaffordable choices," Mr Ward said.
Mr Ward also described the long term plan process as the "most unpleasant part of being a councillor". He described it as "four days of listening to people tell us how much they don't like us".
His counter attack on the naysayers, media included, came after an arduous few months of wrangling over complex budget discussions. Mr Ward said that while councillors could always find ways to bring rates down, they could not always agree on how.
Despite the negativity swirling around the council chamber, he only needed to step outside and go into the city to see how "beautiful, safe and healthy" it is.
"Next time you feel like running us down, maybe write to us and say something good as well," Mr Ward suggested.
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