From Lindsay Mitchell’s Blog
A Waikato Times Stuff poll today asks;
Work on a new Ibis Hotel started in central Hamilton this week, with the Hamilton City Council one of three partners in the venture. Is this a role you like seeing the council in, property development?
67.4 percent say NO
Local government is a law unto itself.
Alliance Party MP and Cabinet Minister, Sandra Lee gave local bodies, the power of “general competence” in 2002. Formerly councils were limited to keeping the streets clean, handling the sewage and core infrastructure. Now they can do almost anything including competing with private businesses. This has huge implications, not least for the rate payer.
Rodney Hide’s Rates Capping Bill is essential if we are to maintain any control over council spending and activities.