Tuesday, September 28, 2010

$90 Million Savings For Ratepayers

No, that's not the headline chosen by Radio Left Wing.

Here's their version of this great news.

More than 1500 to lose jobs in super city reform


What I'd like to know is how many ratepayers there are in the new Auckland City and how much of an individual saving for each of us is represented by that $90 million saving each and every year.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Heh. NBR says the same thing: http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/supercity-will-axe-1500-jobs-130623

The real disgrace is why are $20 mil of ratepayers cash being flushed down the crapper in "redundancy" payments - i.e. bribes to unions?

At least Rodney, who wrote the fucking supershitty law could have fixed that one!

Just one more strong argument that unionisation should be banned in all public service, local govt, and central govt jobs.

alex Masterley said...

In addition to the internal savings there will be external savings.

For example, in the provision of legal services the city councils, as they are currently instruct 6 law firms to do their work. The ACC alone instructs 2 firms.

That should reduce to a panel of 2 or 3 firms.

There will also be savings in litigation costs because the policy of the ARC was to fight to the bitter end on appeals to the Environment Court.

Before the amalgamation there were about 450 cases under way. The cost of those cases should evaporate.

The same will be said of accounting services, stationery, computer systems, consumables etc

The Veteran said...

I guess it's never great when people loose their jobs especially if you are one of those. But the good ones will find new employment and the bad ....

Some of us who were in local government at the time of the Bassett restructuring well remember the dire predictions that democracy as we knew it was about to end and, by implication, New Zealand society was doomed.

Well actually the sun shone the next day and the Council where I was the CEO amalgamated with another two and the service improved (albeit took a little while) and the Veteran moved on to other things.

JC said...

There's about 1.5 million households in NZ and (IIRC) about 30% of the population live in Auckland, so somewhere between $150-200 saving per household?

JC

Anonymous said...

Where's "city hall" going to be? Greys Ave? Hurstmere Rd? Cavendish Dr?

Anonymous said...

democracy as we knew it was about to end and, by implication, New Zealand society was doomed.


On the contrary - the country's government since 1992 shows that democracy "as we know it" ending is the prerequisite for NZ avoiding it's certain doom.

Where's "city hall" going to be? Greys Ave? Hurstmere Rd? Cavendish Dr?

Hopefully outsourced to Stevens Road (SG).

Simon said...

“Where will city hall be?”

Not sure but they will build a new one.

Anonymous said...

Just one more strong argument that unionisation should be banned in all public service, local govt, and central govt jobs.????? WHY
Fuck they are the only buggers looking after you when you are sharfted, by the top feeding troughers