BIG STICK: Tony Simpson is not convinced councils are delivering value for money. Photo: Attila Csaszar

State puts councils on notice, again

The state government is on safer ground over its latest move to demand more accountability from the local government sector, including over the setting of annual rates. And it would need to be, after the fiasco over the failed attempt to slash the number of metropolitan councils.


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Is this The Emperor trying to run down Local Government, creating another danger from which only he can save us? Or is it a good reason why Councillors should have more than a passing familiarity with Management Accounting? Should they should be able to assess financial indicators, compare benchmark performances and use Key Performance Indicators so that ratepayers get value for money? Should Councillors have the skills to assess whether sufficient funds are allocated for asset maintenance and so on?

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