Councillors vote, failing to discern costs to scheme participants, ratepayers, and the Council itself. What’s new about that?
### ODT Online Wed, 5 Sep 2012
Dunedin insulation scheme’s future uncertain
By Debbie Porteous
A $2.5 million Dunedin City Council scheme to warm up Dunedin houses is on hold and its future possibly in question, after unforeseen financial implications were discovered. The council is to reconsider its Eco-house retrofitting programme – to assist people insulate and heat their homes – after it discovered it might cost ratepayers more than expected for insurance and health and safety costs and that there are hardly any Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) subsidies left for low-income people.
The crux was that councillors had signed off the scheme on the basis there would be no cost to the general ratepayer and staff had since become concerned that people who signed up for the pilot scheme might, through a technicality, be charged GST twice and that insurance costs would rise to cover the general liability on the targeted rate.
Posted by Elizabeth Kerr