14 March 2008
A Palmerston North businessman is angry that his city council is refusing to give him 2000 copies of its draft annual plan. The council, in what seems a reasonable response, has replied that he can have 100 copies if he likes, but any more than that would be at his own cost. And why does the businessman want the council documents? So he can distribute them and encourage people to make submissions against a proposed council rates rise of 12 percent. Quoth the businessman: "The people are going to have to speak up. If they don't speak up this time there's going to be financial strife." Perhaps he's in the printing trade?
- Manawatu Standard, 14 March 2008