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This change is so wrong. It exemplifies the problems we see daily with this regime.


A Bill amending the Local government Act will takes out the requirement for cost effectiveness and replaces it with warm fuzzines:

new bill to amend the Local Government Act should alarm all New Zealand ratepayers as it would remove the last remaining fiscal restraint on Council spending, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union.

The relevant proposed law change is as follows:

10 Purpose of local government
(1) The purpose of local government is—
(a) to enable democratic local decision-making and action by, and on behalf of, communities; and
(b) to meet the current and future needs of communities for good-quality local infrastructure, local public services, and performance of regulatory functions in a way that is most cost-effective for households and businesses.
(b) to promote the social, economic, environmental, and cultural well-being of communities in the present and for the future.

Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says, “The proposed changes…

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