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LONG TERM PLAN – every $ counts

 |  Don Barry  | 

Council asking for input on the long-term plan neatly sidesteps the issue of culture and optics. With almost 75% of TCDC voting centre right at the last election, those tea leaves shouldn’t be lost on elected officers and council team leaders irrespective of officers’ personal leanings. Every cent saved helps hundreds of households. Having a culture where asking the right questions is crucial – e.g. “What problem are we trying to solve?”, “How material is the problem to peoples’ lives”, ”What are the consequences of doing nothing?”.

This approach would have saved money on beach signs, bollards and removing agapanthus at Cooks. Lots of little things all add up. Councils across NZ lobbying government for more of the GST shows a disappointing collective mindset. It’s not about our back pockets, it’s about breaking our backs. With huge rate hikes – here’s a couple of ideas for starters – councils collectively negotiate with central govt to have GST charged at a lower % on rates; and work with govt to remove central govt imposed costs from ratepayers’ wallets e.g. Significant natural Areas (SNAs) .There is no silver bullet – it is a game of inches so maybe, just maybe …our council will lead the way with our community and other councils.

Council asking for input on the long-term plan neatly sidesteps the issue of culture and optics. With almost 75% of TCDC voting centre right at the last election, those tea leaves shouldn’t be lost on elected officers and council team leaders irrespective of officers’ personal leanings. Every cent saved helps hundreds of households. Having a culture where asking the right questions is crucial – e.g. “What problem are we trying to solve?”, “How material is the problem to peoples’ lives”, ”What are the consequences of doing nothing?”.

This approach would have saved money on beach signs, bollards and removing agapanthus at Cooks. Lots of little things all add up. Councils across NZ lobbying government for more of the GST shows a disappointing collective mindset. It’s not about our back pockets, it’s about breaking our backs. With huge rate hikes – here’s a couple of ideas for starters – councils collectively negotiate with central govt to have GST charged at a lower % on rates; and work with govt to remove central govt imposed costs from ratepayers’ wallets e.g. Significant natural Areas (SNAs) .There is no silver bullet – it is a game of inches so maybe, just maybe …our council will lead the way with our community and other councils.


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