Select Committee On Council Rates Is Not Answer
THE CAMPAIGN TO REPLACE THE PRESENT SYSTEM OF COUNCIL RATES WITH A FAIRER SYSTEM INCLUDING RESTRAINTS ON COUNCILS ABILITY TO INCREASE EXPENDITURE WITHOUT THE SPECIFIC APPROVAL OF THE COMMUNITY
National Greens Select Committee On Council Rates Is Not The Answer.
The apparent deal between Nats and Greens to hold a select committee inquiry into council rates is only a partial answer to rates increases.
It will not deal with the central issue of an average 8% increase in rates this year – and an 8 or 9% increases next year, and the year after.
We need controls on rates increases now – not at the end of a select committee inquiry.
Parliament gave local authorities the power to get invloved in anythng they wanted to do – so now Parliament needs to curtail how much council can squeeze from ratepayers.
An inquiry to find out what is wrong is unnecessary - we know what is wrong, we need to find new ways to fund our councils, and to keep control over their expenditure.
Let’s have the select committee process – but based on the Rating Cap Bill.