Cash-strapped councils need their funding doubled to survive

Cash-strapped councils need their funding doubled to survive
Councils don't have enough money to maintain existing infrastructure, newly elected LGNZ president Sam Broughton says. (Image: Supplied)
Cécile Meier
Cash-strapped councils need double the amount of funding they currently get to survive, Local Government New Zealand says. The newly elected president of Local Government NZ (LGNZ) and Selwyn district council mayor, Sam Broughton, spoke of the difficult relationship between central and local government at LGNZ's annual conference in Christchurch on Thursday. “When you are the government and collecting over 90% of the funds in this country and spending it, you are the big voice in the conversation, and you think that you have...

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