With the Labour Government hamstrung by coalition partners United Future and NZ First, the socialists are increasingly using local government to impoverish and regulate the populace. Record rate rises are really hurting and increasingly restrictive land use policies are driving the price of residential land through the roof.
ACT is the only political party with concrete proposals to bring local government to heel. Clearly local government must be forced to budget, just like households do. By limiting local government’s revenue, ratepayers can more readily force councils to stick to basics and abandon their outrageous socialist projects
ACT Proposes to cap rates rises at the level of inflation plus 2 per cent in any one year. Leader Rodney Hide has a private member’s bill proposing the cap which faces a vote in three weeks. Supported to select committee by National, Maori Party and United Future. NZ First vote, as yet undecided, will determine whether it gets to select committee.
This bill deserves the support of all ratepayers. To find out more about ACT’s ratecapping campaign, checkout to our new website.