1 Mar 2015

Call for local govt to improve budgeting

10:28 am on 1 March 2015

The Taxpayers' Union lobby group says local government needs to improve its budgeting for capital projects and infrastructure.

A report by the Auditor-General has found local government debt has reached a high of $10.8 billion dollars.

That was up from $10.1 billion the previous financial year, although total revenue has also climbed to more than nine billion dollars a year.

Executive director of the Taxpayers' Union Jordan Williams said the debt would keep rising unless local authorities budget better.

"Local councils, despite raking in nine percent more in revenue, the money isn't going on the infrastructure that's needed instead it's being swallowed up by operational expenses."