We’ll help pay for yours if you help pay for ours

I’ll accept that we’re all going to pay for Auckland roads  if they’ll accept that we all need to pay towards the off-farm costs for the development of irrigation.

It’s all infrastructure which has a national benefit.

5 Responses to We’ll help pay for yours if you help pay for ours

  1. Matt Nolan says:

    “It’s all infrastructure which has a national benefit.”

    And all that benefit is internalised in the prices received and given by people in the relative areas – I wish they would just let regional councils fund regional projects. There is no “positive externality” for the rest of the country here.

  2. Kismet says:

    I’ll be happy to pay for Auckland roads as long as they put some seal on ours before they start on Auckland’s… I’m sure they will do that straight after your irrigation (*hands round the Tuis*)

  3. Otepoti says:

    Otepoti laughs out loud and accepts a Tui!

  4. pdm says:

    HP – most Aucklanders would not know what irrigation was or why it was needed. It rains nearly every day there.

    MattN – I see a very big opportunity to reinstate Government and Local Authority fund raising targeted to specific infrastructure projects. Roading lends itself to this because tolls will provide for interest payments and eventual maturity.

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