HAIRDRESSERS JOIN TAKEAWAYS IN UPPER HUTT CORPORATE WELFARE QUEUE
The Taxpayers’ Union can reveal Upper Hutt City Council spent more than $160,000 of ratepayers’ money on subsidies to eleven businesses, including hairdressers, retailers, fast food joints and a contracting firm.
Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:
“Back in June we slammed Upper Hutt City Council for giving a $32,000 Business Development Support grant to listed fast-food retailer BurgerFuel to set up a shop in the City. Now we can reveal that Subway, a hairdresser, a cinema and even a Bed Bath and Beyond also received ratepayer-funded grants.”
“Taxing people more through rates for corporate welfare isn’t economic development, it is economic trickery benefiting only the favoured businesses. Take the example of Prodigy Hair. There are at least 29 hairdressing firms in Upper Hutt, but the Council picks this one out for a handout.”
“Previously the Council has defended this corporate welfare scheme on the basis that the Council is creating jobs. Of course the politicians and officials ignore that every cent is drained from the very community they are claiming to help. It is intellectually dishonest.”
“Upper Hutt ratepayers are smart enough to see that this isn’t economic development, it’s robbing the poor to pay the rich. The Mayor, Wayne Guppy, needs to explain how sucking money out of a community to spend it on a favoured business is justified. ”
List of recipients of Council grants:
· Subway Main Street
· Maidstone Sports (The Mall HCSC Ltd)
· Vogue on Geange
· Vogue (The Mall HCSC Ltd)
· Bed Bath Beyond (The Mall HCSC Ltd)
· Udy Contracting
· Blue Pencil
· Prodigy Hair
· Miro Cinema
· Fets (Fire and Emergency Training Solutions)
Upper Hutt City Council refused to divulge how much funding each firm received.
Every ratepayer in the country should be asking themselves during election time if the candidates before them understand the basic role of their jobs as elected officials. I’m willing to bet that 90% of candidates do not.
Ratepayers should throw out the elected members who vote for huge rates rises and then give the money to their business buddies. They need to elect representatives who will cut out waste and provide their communities with core services and infrastructure. Only then will local government be the solution instead of the problem.
Local government the problem not the solution