‘Dysfunctional’ process is more about ideology: Bali
BLACKTOWN Mayor Stephen Bali has reassured ratepayers not to be concerned by the government’s “scare tactic” language to force smaller councils to merge.
The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal last week found the council did not satisfy the financial criteria to stand alone “based on its forecast of continuing operating deficits, and a building and infrastructure renewal ratio significantly below the benchmark by 2019-20”.
“When a large, well-run and financially sound council like Blacktown can be found ‘unfit’, then the whole selection criteria must be called into question,” Cr Bali said.
“Despite being found efficient, of the right size and scale, and to be properly delivering its infrastructure and service management responsibilities, it is not found ‘fit’.
“This is dysfunctional decision-making, which seems more about supporting an ideological stance than making a proper decision based on fact.