A complete review of the organisational structures of Councils, including the powers of the CEO and senior staff and processes for controlling capital expenditure.
The responsibilities that come with governing our communities should not be underestimated. While the role of councillors is important, the shallow nature of the interest in running means the talent pool is shallow. This leaves us with some local councils being run by the CEO and other senior staff with little oversight and almost no-one to provide guidance on their priorities.
For example, some councils – in fact many of them – continue to rolling rating increases well above CPI. The better councils are forced to prioritise with budgets constrained by some external benchmark that the rest of the community abides by.
A complete review of the structures of local government will help clarify what is and is not expected of councillors and the powers and responsibilities of senior council staff, especially when it comes to capital expenditure programs.