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UF welcomes signalled rates rebate change

UF welcomes signalled rates rebate change

Prime Minister Helen Clark’s signal this week of a long awaited increase in the rebates income level for local body rates has been welcomed by United Future’s Larry Baldock and Marc Alexander.

Mr Baldock, the local government spokesman, and Mr Alexander, senior citizens spokesman, have both been pushing the Government to make such a move.

“We’ve vigorously pursued this as one step towards reducing the burden of increasing rates on fixed-income ratepayers, such as superannuitants,” they said.

“We also welcome the ongoing review mentioned by Local Government Minister Chris Carter into how councils are funded.

“A lot more has to be done to look at fairer ways of covering local government costs than simply loading up on ratepayers.”

They said that given the number of costly tasks central government has devolved to local government in recent years, there was no reason that local government shouldn’t be able to invoice the Government rather than foist the costs on taxpayers.


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