Central government is focussed on cutting costs and reducing its burden on taxpayers.
The need to reduce the burden on ratepayers is at least as necessary but how many are really trying?
The Waitaki District Council’s proposed 7.41% rate rise for 2012/13 is a case in point.
That is well above the rate of inflation, as rates rises throughout the country have been for far too long.
Rates can’t keep rising so steeply and some of the changes required to ensure they don’t might require changes in what central government requires from councils and allows them to do.