The mayor and chief executive of the Horowhenua District Council are on record as indicating that staffing numbers will be held at 90 staff during the current financial year in an effort to reduce administrative costs to the ratepayer.
It is to be hoped that the 90 staff includes the current two tiers of management, with approximately 12 managers and the chief executive, being employed to administer a district of about 30,000 population with a rating base dependent mainly on urban residential units and a number of large rural properties, as well as lifestyle blocks, beach settlements and small townships.
With a high percentage of ratepayers on fixed incomes, any positive reduction in administrative costs would hopefully reduce the property rates burden despite ongoing costs associated with special projects such as the Te Takere Cultural and Community Centre in Levin.
More transparency is necessary, particularly from the chief executive and his management team, in order that ratepayers receive value for their annual property rates.
- Horowhenua Mail