Life in Early Poverty Bay
Expenditure Mounts Up
Expenditure Mounts Up.
A big roading programme was undertaken in the Whataupoko riding in 1911, when a loan of £9300 was raised for these works, and by the following year over £5000 had been expended, while, in the same year, nearly £5000 was spent on the reconstruction of the Gisborne, Tolaga and Waimata bridges, which had fallen into a state of dilapidation. In 1913 when the foundation of Riverside Rd. was started, a loan of £1600 was raised and the Council was obliged to raise an additional 10 per cent. to complete the work, which was the first case on record which the statutory 10 per cent. additional loan to a was was required to be raised by the County. The re-building of the Cook Hospital was also undertaken in that year, the County having to subscribe £12,000 as its share.
The loan ependiture in the various ridings continued unabated from 1914, the Tolaga, Waimata and Maraetaha bridges, and the Arai Valley road formation being undertaken, with the result that, at the end of 1915, the public debt stood at £112,759. In the following five years the rate of expenditure diminished slightly, the only work undertaken, apart from the re-building of the Waimata and Tolaga bridges, being the formation of the Lower Hangaroa Road at a cost of £1500, the Te Arai Valley Road and the construction of Lavenham bridge, near Patutahi.page 200