Not coun­cil’s prob­lem?

South Waikato News - - NEWS / HE PURONGORONGO -

Only one South Waikato town has flu­o­ri­dated wa­ter and the power to change that might be taken away from the district’s coun­cil.

The South Waikato District Coun­cil sup­ported a pro­posal by the Lo­cal Govern­ment of New Zealand (LGNZ) to re­move the de­ci­sion from lo­cal au­thor­i­ties.

Toko­roa res­i­dents are the only ones who have flu­o­ri­dated wa­ter and if the pro­posal is ac­cepted res­i­dents will have lit­tle say in fu­ture changes.

The con­tro­ver­sial mat­ter will be left with the di­rec­tor gen­eral of health if LGNZ gets its way.

Mem­bers of the LGNZ voted in favour of the pro­posal on Sun­day and they will now lobby the Govern­ment to change the leg­is­la­tion.

Some of the district’s coun­cil­lors de­cided it was best left with the govern­ment.

Mayor Neil Sin­clair was afraid the is­sue could bring up le­gal dilem­mas for the district.

‘‘South Taranaki got hit with the bill of a quar­ter of a mil­lion dol­lars to fend off a le­gal case of putting flu­o­ride in the wa­ter and as we well know au­thor­i­ties pick on small places to chal­lenge them,’’ he said.

The re­duc­tion of pa­per­work also seemed like a bonus, Sin­clair said.

‘‘It will re­duce our sub­mis­sions to our an­nual plan by about third,’’ he said.

Coun­cil­lor Marin Glu­cina was in full sup­port to take it out of the district’s hands.

‘‘It’s an easy so­lu­tion if the Govern­ment picks it up and I’m quite happy with it,’’ he said.

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