Paekākāariki-Raumati Ward candidate Guy Burns is disappointed that the Kāpiti Coast District Council has not signed up to participate in a new independent system to measure the performance of local authorities, and says he wants to know why the KCDC doesn’t want to have its performance assessed.
“Local Government New Zealand has developed the system which measures leadership, financial performance, service delivery and community engagement,” Mr Burns said today.
“LGNZ will publish the results every three years and councils will be given a rating.
“It’s really disappointing to see that KCDC has chosen not to participate, and I want to know why the current Council is scared of having its performance independently assessed. The new system offers a golden opportunity for the Council to measure the performance of its systems and processes, and I cannot understand why our Council has opted out.
“Ratepayers keep being told that they have a good Council, despite the fact that rates are going up nearly five per cent every year, at a time when incomes for most people are static. There are real questions about how well our Council is doing, and I am strongly supportive of an independent assessment of our Council’s performance. Performance measurement is the first step to improvement, and Councillors shouldn’t be scared of transparency, said Mr Burns.”