Ratepayers Bill of Rights

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What could a Ratepayers Bill of Rights look like?

1. Keep the total rate take to no more than the rate of inflation (but taking into account the increase in the rating base associated with population growth).

2. Return any surplus of rates collected to ratepayers by way of rate reduction or pay down debt rather than spend on fringe “pet projects”

3. Require any proposed Rates Rises above the Inflation Limit to be approved by ratepayers in a referendum held at the same time as local government elections.

4. Make any major project with combined spending of over a set limit subject to a referendum held at the same time as local government elections.

5. Require all council charges other than rates to be used on the services they are providing, rather than being used for general spending.

6. Introduce a Citizens Decision Review Panel that will allow ratepayers to appeal against stupid decisions made by Council staff.

What do you think?   Anything missing?  Needs fine-tuning?

 

 


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