Submissions

Local Government Funding & Financing: Issues Paper

As part of developing our submission on this Issues Paper we surveyed our members to get a snapshot of their views on rates. A common theme in their responses was profound concern at multi-thousand general rates bills for largely urban services distant from the farm. The poor state of rural roads and the cost of them in rates also featured strongly. 
 
There have been no fundamental changes in the framework of local government funding for many years, despite changes to the structure of local government and its purpose in legislation. It is unsurprising therefore that the local government sector is facing difficulties. 

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