If no rental, why charge for admin?

 

 

Have your SayRe: Zero rental but $360 fee for cafes.
Franklin businesses are just plain lucky.. Aren’t we just?
A faceless council employee decides there will be no council charges imposed on those using part of the sidewalk space to cater for their customers’ requirements for outdoor dining and socialising.
But, an administration fee of only $360/ year will be imposed.
Which poses the obvious question… Why?
Based on the information available, it appears to be yet another example of either an incompetent, delusional or deceitful council employee creating money raking opportunities to satisfy their superiors and councils own agenda.
In this case, charging a fee to administer fresh air or worse, absolutely nothing. An Auckland based council spokesperson states, “the council has a 100% cost recovery policy”.
The obvious next question is… What costs, if there is no charge for using sidewalk which creates no nuisance, damage or other adverse effects? In fact the only conceivable cost, would be the cost to council for implementing the $360 fee to administer nothing.
I would like to see a financial breakdown, from council, clearly showing these supposed costs which would clearly show a need to impose a rental or admin fee on these few Franklin business owners.
Phil A. Long-Taylor, AkaAka

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