New inquiry – local government funding and financing


The Minister of Finance, Hon Grant Robertson has asked the Productivity Commission to conduct a new inquiry into how to fund and finance local government.

This inquiry will examine the adequacy and efficiency of the existing local government funding and financing frameworks. It will make recommendations on whether additional revenue-raising tools are needed for local authorities and what changes, if any, are needed in central government’s approach to funding and financing local government. The scope of this inquiry could cover a number of potential areas, including tourism costs, transport funding for roads, infrastructure support for new growth, and examining rates affordability for households.

The Commission is looking forward to receiving the terms of reference this week and will be starting work on the new inquiry from September after our current inquiries have been completed. We will publish an issues paper that will outline our proposed approach, the context for the inquiry and a list of key questions to be addressed. The Commission will seek submissions from all interested parties and consult broadly to help inform and ground our analysis. 

See here for the Minister's announcement yesterday about the inquiry in his speech to the Local Government New Zealand 2018 Conference.

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