Re­gional coun­cil keeps tabs

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

The Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil has an­nounced its low­est rise in gen­eral rates in a decade for the 2013-14 year.

Coun­cil Fi­nance and Au­dit Com­mit­tee chair­man Phillip Legg said there had been a con­tin­ued steady de­cline in the level of rates in­creases to the point that this year it de­liv­ered the low­est rise in gen­eral rates since 2003.

‘‘It is hoped that we can de­liver a sim­i­lar re­sult for the next year,’’ said Mr Legg.

‘‘This re­duced rate level has come about from the con­tin­ued drive to iden­tify ef­fi­cien­cies within the Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil op­er­a­tions.

‘‘This has seen a range of ser­vices amal­ga­mated, with the num­ber of groups of ac­tiv­i­ties re­duced and this has al­lowed a stronger fo­cus on prepa­ra­tion of the work pro­grammes and iden­ti­fied where cost sav­ings could be made, which has lead to bet­ter bud­get con­trol,’’ said Mr Legg.

‘‘Thanks to the fi­nance team and coun­cil­lors we have not only re­duced the rate of in­creases but con­tin­ued to de­liver all our work pro­grammes to our ratepay­ers,’’ Mr Legg said.

‘‘ Dur­ing this time we have also seen the in­tro­duc­tion of an in­ter­nal au­dit pro­gramme which checks the poli­cies and pro­ce­dures of the or­gan­i­sa­tion to en­sure they are fit for pur­pose and iden­tify any ar­eas where the coun­cil may be vul­ner­a­ble to il­le­gal ac­tiv­ity.

‘‘Hav­ing strong poli­cies and pro­ce­dures is vi­tal for an or­gan­i­sa­tion of this size.’’

Mr Legg said the coun­cil opted to have its in­ter­nal au­dit process con­ducted by an out­side or­gan­i­sa­tion to en­sure to­tal in­de­pen­dence and trans­parency.

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