Rodney Local Board ‘Ratepayer Raid' Costs Aucklanders $170k
23 June 2014
The Taxpayers’ Union is condemning the $170,000 spending spree undertaken by the Rodney Local Board upon members discovering unspent ratepayer money. Responding to a local media report that the Board went on a spending spree when they discovered unspent funds in their current budget, Taxpayers' Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams says:
“Instead of keeping these funds aside to pay for the budgeted projects, or returning the money to ratepayers, it looks as though there was a free-for-all spend-up.”
“It is deeply troubling the Rodney Local Board came up with more than $50,000 of new spending projects in only an hour-long debate. It’s a ratepayer raid rather than proper governance."
The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is a non-partisan activist group, dedicated to being the voice for Kiwi taxpayers in the corridors of power. It’s here to fight government waste and make sure New Zealanders get value for money from their tax dollar.