1 Feb 2009

Stop paying rates - Stadium opponents

6:05 am on 1 February 2009

The opponents of a proposed new Dunedin stadium have called on residents to stage a rates revolt if the project isn't abandoned by Dunedin City Council.

More than 1000 people marched down Dunedin's main street and rallied in the Octagon on Saturday, in protest at plans to build a new stadium as a replacement for Carisbrook.

The council meets on 9 February to decide whether to continue funding the $188 million project. It's spent about $50 million so far.

Stop the Stadium president, Bev Butler, says ratepayers should refuse to pay their rates on time if councillors vote to continue with the stadium.

She says the rates will have to be paid eventually, but if enough people delay their payments the council will take note.