Larry Mitchell: 2012 Local Govt League Table Summary

Press Release
Councils continue to struggle and spend … May 25th Release of the League Table

2012 Local Government League Table Executive Summary

• The 2012 LGLT covering all 67 New Zealand territorial local authorities ‘fits’ neatly within the Government’s recent announcements of local government reforms and validates (from its data) public concerns of some poor Council performance. No Council scores higher than 36 out of 50 for the financial and economic metricated measures of the LGLT;

• The bulk of Councils score only ‘Fair’ results (with scores of from 23 to 30 on the 50 point metric scale) and are ranked in a range from 31st to 57th out of 67 compared to their peers;

• Auckland Council has yet to provide meaningful public information on its financial performance improvement programmes. No useful Auckland Council comparisons with the pre-amalgamation financial and economic status of its seven predecessor Councils has been provided by which the Auckland Council’s comparative post-amalgamation performance could be gauged;

‘At risk’ Councils – the ten poorest performers – whose ‘stats’ indicate a combination of unsustainable Council finances and/or unaffordable rates or charges include the Kaipara District (whose present difficulties are well known). Kaipara is the biggest downgrade dropping 49 places to 65th out of 67 for its metric results – plus it receives a double red traffic light downgrade warning;

• Hauraki and Upper Hutt have regressed, the latter has dropped 15 places to 58th … in spite of recent announcements that the Mayor and Council have declined their increased salaries! Kaipara and Tararua have yet to file audited accounts;

• The ‘Southern Scots’, Clutha and Southland Districts have swapped the top two places at the head of this (parsimonious) League Table;

• The LGLT uses financial and economic assessment ratios closely allied to the measures that by law will soon be introduced for all Councils relating to their financial management performance and public reporting;

• The 2012 League Table indicates little overall performance improvement in 2011-2012;

• The metric measures have scarcely moved from an average of 30 out of 50 last year to 29 out of 50 in 2012. The consistency of these results over the three or more years of the assessments suggest a reliability and robustness of the methodology;

• Two Councils – Queenstown and Carterton are the biggest improvers both making the top 10 for the first time.

All enquiries to Larry.N.Mitchell, Finance & Policy Analyst (Local Government)
Phone 09 4220598, email larry at kauriglen dot co dot nz or see website select BASE STATS WITH TRENDZ/LEAGUE TABLE.

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr


Filed under Business, DCC, Economics, Media, Name, People, Politics, Project management

5 responses to “Larry Mitchell: 2012 Local Govt League Table Summary

  1. Elizabeth

    ### Monday 2 July 2012
    Nine To Noon with Kathryn Ryan
    09:10 How well are local councils performing?
    Larry Mitchell is an independent finance & policy consultant who compiles an annual Local Government League Table. Lawrence Yule is the Hastings Mayor and President of Local Government New Zealand. David Carter is the Minister for Local Government. (27′44″)
    Audio | Download: Ogg Vorbis MP3 | Embed

  2. Elizabeth

    ### Thursday 6 September 2012
    Morning Report with Geoff Robinson & Simon Mercep

    08:39 Local government analyst talks to ratepayers
    The veteran local government analyst Larry Mitchell has found a new audience for his reports on how councils are performing. (3′35″)
    Audio | Download: Ogg Vorbis MP3 | Embed

    • Elizabeth

      Bollocks! Note the LGNZ apologists. Dunedin City Council and other local authorities must be paying these dawks big money to keep up ‘angelic’ pronouncements. Here in Dunedin, the “loose” Local Government Act is very definitely the excuse to take Ratepayers for everything they’ve got, and then some. Look no further than the elected representatives, general managers, council owned and controlled entities, and lastly, the council finance department in tandem with City Treasury…. COMPLICATED by the local Good Old Boy rugby and property investment (ORFU and friends) wheeler dealer network. Meanwhile, Cull is sitting in the middle of all this raw sewage with a blue face. Someone tell him he ought to take a breath soon.

      ### Friday 7 September 2012
      Morning Report with Geoff Robinson & Simon Mercep

      08:25 Local Government NZ says councils not misusing funds
      Local Government New Zealand has rubbished claims that councils are misusing funds. (5′50″)
      Audio | Download: Ogg Vorbis MP3 | Embed

  3. Hype O'Thermia

    LGNZ needs drug-testing.

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