Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Law changes will see rates burden increase

Su’a William Sio
Local Government Spokesperson

26 February 2014

Law changes will see rates burden increase

Concerns that ratepayers will be lumped with extra costs under proposed changes to local body laws are real and genuine, says Labour’s Local Government spokesperson Su’a William Sio.

“The Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 3) will see restrictions put on what councils can fund with development contributions.

“That means less funding for community infrastructure, such as libraries and swimming pools, and a subsequent increased rates burden for communities.

“This will impact adversely on regions with growing youth and elderly populations and could mean these communities go without many of the vital community services that we all currently enjoy.

“If these changes are signed off local governments will be forced to impose rates increases, special targeted rates, or increase their debt levels in order to meet the demand for community infrastructure.

“All current community amenities should be included in the Bill’s definition of community infrastructure to ensure local government can continue to use these contributions to develop and expand community assets.

“If not then councils must be allowed to decide for themselves, in consultation with their communities, how to best fund their community infrastructure. After all councils are best placed to assess development opportunities and costs that best serve the growth in each of their regions.

“Without clarity on these issues, the Government’s bill risks contradicting its drive for efficiencies and ratepayers will have to bear the increase burden of community growth,” said Su’a William Sio.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

#Kexit: Prime Minister John Key Announces Resignation

Prime Minister John Key has announced that he’s resigning as Prime Minister in seven days’ time. He made the unexpected announcement at a 12.45 press conference at Parliament, called with less than an hour’s notice.

“It has been an enormous privilege to be Prime Minister of New Zealand, and these last eight years have been an incredible experience. Throughout these years I have given everything I could to this job that I cherish, and this country that I love...“ More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Resignation

The resignation of John Key is one thing. The way that Key and his deputy Bill English have screwed the scrum on the leadership succession vote (due on December 12) is something else again. It remains to be seen whether the party caucus – ie, the ambitious likes of Steven Joyce, Judith Collins, Paula Bennett, and Amy Adams – will simply roll over... More>>

 

Q+A: Labour's Michael Wood Wins Mt Roskill

Labour’s Michael Wood, who last night won a 6,000 vote majority in the Mt Roskill by-election, says the reason for the win was simple, clear messaging... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Anne Tolley’s Callous Folly

Last week’s conflict between Social Development Minister Anne Tolley and District Court judge Carolyn Henwood illustrated quite a few of the flaws in the system. More>>

ALSO:

Members’ Bills: Greens' Domestic Violence And Loans Bills Pulled From Ballot

Jan Logie’s Domestic Violence-Victims' Protection Bill introduces workplace protections for victims of domestic violence, including allowing victims to request paid domestic violence leave for up to 10 days... Gareth Hughes’ Bill allows Kiwis with student loans to defer their student loan repayments into a first home savings scheme. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA: Police Did Not 'Deliberately' Use Pepper Spray On 10-Year-Old

"When spraying the man, the officer did not properly consider the necessity of using pepper spray in a confined space, the likelihood that it would affect the other innocent passengers or the fact that he was using a more powerful spray." More>>

ALSO:

Donor Bill Passes: Full Income Compensation For Live Organ Donors

Unanimous cross-party support for the Compensation for Live Organ Donors Bill represents a critical step in reducing the burgeoning waiting list for kidney donations, according to Kidney Health New Zealand chief executive Max Reid. More>>

ALSO:

Earthquake Response: Emergency Legislation Prepared

Three new Bills have been drafted in the wake of the magnitude 7.8 earthquake on November 14 to ensure the government can enable affected communities to respond quickly and efficiently. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
More RSS  RSS News AlertsNews Alerts
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news