Ratepayers in dark on amalgamation

Last updated 07:48 05/07/2012

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Recent reports have highlighted the possibility of local government reforms before the 2013 local body elections, with Minister of Local Government David Carter promoting the concept of local authorities agreeing to changes in governance and administration.

Currently the three Wairarapa councils are considering a merger, while the two Hutt Valley councils are being encouraged to merge with the Wellington City Council. A western local authority is also being suggested, with Porirua City Council and the Kapiti Coast District Council amalgamating.

The regional council concept is also being promoted with one council taking the place of the nine current councils, either way changes are inevitable.

Where does the Horowhenua District Council stand in respect of future changes to local governance and administration?

To date ratepayers are in the dark with no official comment from the mayor or the chief executive.

Possibly they think the status quo will prevail with no declared policy on future local government reorganisation in the Horowhenua/Manawatu area.

If and when proposed changes are made public, it is hoped ratepayers are given the opportunity to comment and have a positive input on the future of local government in Horowhenua.

Bill Stirling

Levin

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- Horowhenua Mail

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