Why subsidise CBD?

Our city councillors are regularly requested to provide ratepayer funds to subsidise CBD promotional activities. The CBD business owners argue they require assistance to survive in a dying city.

Councillors fail to consider, any business attracted to the CBD is taken (using ratepayers funds) from other business centres in our community.

Why not subsidise Greerton or Mount Maunganui when they have a bad day? Business is a risk. Ratepayers cannot be expected to pay business owners for not shopping with them and certainly, rates paid by competing businesses in the district should not be applied to an ailing CBD.

Maurice O'Reilly, Tauranga City

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