Replies to Editorial ‘Facts not Fake News’
June 10 2019
Personally I am annoyed with the scaremongering that is going on with certain facebook groups about this levy. These groups obviously represent accommodation providers in the district. I dont accept their reasoning why we should all vote no. Classic threats are:
1. Tourists will stop coming here in high numbers
2. We will all lose our jobs because of point 1
3. The tourists will become freedom campers instead (that contradicts point 2)
I think we all understand we are in a unique position here in Queenstown where our volume of tourists, massively outnumber the ratepayers who currently fund the local infrastructure.
If central govt wont return the GST, then we have to find funding in an obvious way. This is why I support this levy.
Voting NO is a vote against my own interests. Its a no-brainer really.
Oppose the Qppose QLDC’s Visitor Levy FB Group
Hey Jim -
Do you not think its a little hypocritical that you say the council is comprised to provide the level of service required for the infrastructure, yet still champion the idea of a multi-million dollar “community heart” for the QLDC offices? - Where is that money coming from?
Why not ingest that into the required improvements in infrastructure?
Nearly every general rate payer in the area is aghast that you’re pushing for this new building while touting a visitor levy that punishes some of our local accommodation providers. I voted ‘NO”
A NO voter