Ecan Cuts Spending

Posted on June 12, 2010 by


Ecans newly appointed commissioners have cut proposed rates rises from 8.7 per cent to 3.3 per cent. This was achieved by cutting spending in a variety of areas, including public transport and air quality. Cuts to spending also allowed increased expenditure on the region’s water management strategy by $3.2 million.

While the effects of this may not have any immediate deep repercussions for public transport, it is nevertheless a worrying sign. It also illustrates the problems with having an authority that has jurisdiction covering both urban and rural issues. It seems absurd to me to have an authority responsible for water management in one of the country’s largest and wealthiest agricultural areas, also responsible for public transport in a metropolitan area of over 400 000 (and growing). Food for thought I guess…

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