Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Wellington City Council to cut spending

"The rocky economic climate has forced Wellington City Council to review its performance and cut spending by more than $50 million.

The move is to ensure that future rates increases do not exceed inflation and cause undue hardship to cash-strapped ratepayers"

Which of course is the least it should do, which begs the question why ACT's policy of restricting rates increases to inflation plus population isn't National policy, when Wellington's Mayor - a long standing National Party member - can implement it?

Of course Libertarianz would go a lot further. I'd start by prohibiting rates increases, at all, ever. So councils could shrink, and shrink. Imagine not having local government, I find it hard to imagine what you need it for, once property rights are fully applied, and services are privatised.

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