“If we do nothing, nothing will change.” That’s the message from Gregg Ticklepenny, commercial landlord and principal/owner at Ray White Te Awamutu.
Speaking in reference to a new BID (Business Improvement District) proposal called Heart of Te Awamutu, commercial landlords/property owners within a geographically defined area in Te Awamutu’s centre are being asked to vote yes or no for the introduction of a modest rate increase via council vote over the next month.
Ticklepenny believes the time is right to introduce the rate.
“Although we’ve had a tough few years with Covid restrictions and inflation, we need to make things happen. If we do nothing, nothing will change.”
Being led by the retail subcommittee within the Te Awamutu Business Chamber, Heart of Te Awamutu is a plan to dedicate the additional funds collected through the rate increase exclusively to initiatives to encourage more spending in Te Awamutu.
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