DCC hasn’t got the message. Still doing stupid deals behind scenes; and look at the inexperience around the council table – FRIGHTENING.
###Last updated 05:00 21/04/2011
Councils ditch projects in favour of restraint
By Katie Chapman
Business as usual is the new catchcry for councils as they ditch big projects in favour of restraint. Throughout New Zealand, people are being asked to comment on their local authorities’ draft annual plans – and proposed rates increases – as debate over next year’s budgets gets under way. But big blowouts have been abandoned, with more than half the councils proposing increases below the rate of inflation, which rose to 4.5 per cent this week.
### ODT Online Thu, 21 Apr 2011
An extraordinary non-public meeting of the Dunedin City Council was held last night to discuss the Citibus sale and the community pools upgrade.
21.4.11 ODT Editorial: Era ends for Dunedin buses
In the jargon of business, Citibus has made efforts to be a “good corporate citizen” . . . The question must be asked about the ability of the council, even at arm’s length through a company structure and with independent directors, to run successful businesses in highly competitive markets.
Posted by Elizabeth Kerr