The issue you’ve all been waiting for…
### D Scene 2-9-09
Ratepayers rucked (page 1)
The stadium’s cost to the average ratepayer has long been quoted as $66 a year. But it is $110 and could go higher. Barrister Len Andersen has analysed the figures and they make interesting reading. See page 8.
Tough task (page 3)
By Dave Wood, acting editor
The toughest task once Dunedin’s new stadium is completed will be ensuring it isn’t a millstone around the necks of ratepayers. The directors of the new Dunedin Venues Management Ltd company will not have a cakewalk.
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A fight of highs and lows (page 4)
Dunedin maths tutor Bev Butler (54) stood down on Sunday as president of Stop The Stadium. She talks to Michelle Sutton as she contemplates standing for the Dunedin City Council.
Delta charge ‘outrageous’ (page 5)
$76 per hour – that’s how much Dunedin City Council-owned Delta Utilities wants to charge D Scene to answer this newspaper’s questions surrounding the company’s purchase of 100 sections at Jack’s Point, near Queenstown. D Scene has asked the Ombudsman for a review.
See Word of the week: highway robbery (page 11)
New candidates being sought for election (page 7)
By Michelle Sutton
Potential Dunedin city council candidates are being lined up to stand in next year’s election in a bid to dislodge current councillors. Stop The Stadium is already speculating on councillor and mayoral candidates.
Paying for the stadium (pages 8-9)
Dunedin’s new stadium will cost the city council more than $100 million, and the impact on the average ratepayer will be more than $100 per year – and it could go higher. Barrister Len Andersen, who represented Stop The Stadium Inc, has been able to count the cost. D Scene gives his breakdown.
Value lower: STS (page 9)
By Michelle Sutton
Stop The Stadium is claiming the value of Carisbrook is $4.5 million less than what Dunedin City Council paid in the House of Pain deal. STS has released Carisbrook Stadium Trust documents that put the value of Carisbrook at about $2.5 million.
Talk: Dunedin on Dunedin (page 11)
STS deserves respect by Lee Vandervis, Roslyn
Mayor Chin by Calvin Oaten, Pine Hill
Richard Walls by Peter Attwooll, Dunedin
We found a (public) notice for the STS Annual General Meeting.
Go to D Scene 19-8-09, page 36. Get out your magnifying glass.