22 Jan 2015

Council 'must accept responsibility for shortfall'

12:21 pm on 22 January 2015

A former Christchurch mayor says the current Christchurch City Council must accept responsibility for the city's billion dollar budget shortfall.

Bob Parker says Christchurch deserves to have a fresh start.

Bob Parker says Christchurch deserves to have a fresh start. Photo: RNZ

Sir Bob Parker's comments came after a budget blowout for a cycle way.

His council budgeted $68 million but this had more than doubled under the present regime to $156 million.

The council now faced a funding shortfall of $1.2 billion.

Sir Bob said the new council must stop blaming the previous council and instead take responsibility for its own policies.

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