The New Zealand Productivity Commission today released its draft report on local government funding and financing arrangements. It is the most substantial look at these issues since the 2007 Shand report.
In releasing the draft report, Commission Chair, Murray Sherwin said “The current framework measures up well against the principles of a good funding and financing system for local government. It is clearly separated from the central government’s tax base which is an important feature. It is relatively simple and economically efficient.
The Minister of Local Government has announced the Government will ask the Productivity Commission to undertake an inquiry into local government funding.
The Productivity Commission is still to receive terms of reference for this inquiry, and welcomes the opportunity to be consulted on it.
Once the terms of reference are finalised, the Commission will produce an issues paper for the inquiry. This will outline the timeframes of the inquiry and how individuals and organisations can make submissions.
New Zealand's Local Government Conference will be held in Christchurch from 15-17 July 2018.
The 2018 LGNZ Conference theme is We are firmly focused on the future: Future-proofing for a prosperous and vibrant New Zealand. There will be a strong focus on leadership and addressing the big challenges and opportunities facing New Zealand and its communities.