There are many in our lovely city who continue to be amazed at the ability of this council to undertake projects and expenditure without adequate reference to what ratepayers actually want.

It was astounding to read (News, June 25) that an agenda item for the council's Services and Operations Committee will be "a request item for additional funding for the Mauao base-track works".

It is now well into the third year since Cyclone Debbie caused the slip damage.

Nonsensical costs of $2.2 million for a new pathway were mentioned by some councillors earlier this year.

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