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Baldock: Govt Putting Bite On Ratepayers

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For immediate release Tuesday, 12 August, 2003

Baldock: Govt putting bite on ratepayers

It was simply not good enough that proposed dog laws could cost ratepayers up to 4 percent on top of recent "outrageous" rates rises, United Future's Larry Baldock said today.

Speaking in Parliament this afternoon, he called upon the Government to secure additional funding to prevent the burden falling on ratepayers - "something that has happened all too often in recent years".

"Councils - and that means ultimately ratepayers - all too often have to fork out for services and situations created by central government, which promptly washes its hands of all responsibility for financing changes it has implemented.

"And these dog laws would be a classic example of that," Mr Baldock, United Future's local government spokesman, said.

Questioning Local Government Minister Chris Carter, he asked if the Government had even bothered to research what it would cost councils to implement the proposals in the Dog Control Amendment Bill.

He also asked if the Government had looked at an education campaign for dog-owners that might go some way to defraying the $967,000 ACC paid out to dog-bite victims last year.


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