Environment Canterbury Long Term Plan 2021 - 2031

Federated Farmers is extremely concerned about the huge increase in operating expenditure (23%) for 2021/22 compared with 2020/21 (an increase of $45.7m in absolute terms), followed by variable increases projected for the following 9 years (0.6% – 6.2%). There is no suggestion that the initial increase is due to one-off factors, such as Central Government’s Essential Freshwater package, and that this would be followed by decreased expenditure. We ask that Council shows leadership and takes responsibility, in its governance role, to constrain its expenditure increases to no greater than the rate of inflation over the 10 years of this LTP.

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