Last week the Herald reported that the Auckland Council was considering saving $3M of ratepayers monies by not mowing their berms. It was considered appropriate that the adjoining property owner should have that responsibility.
For residents living in other parts of the country this is hardly newsworthy as other Council's have already adopted that policy.
I doubt that anyone in this country who owns a lawnmower for their own property has any issue with the idea of spending another five minutes to tidy up their road frontage.
What the Herald article did prompt was an insight into the thinking behind some of our elected representatives views as to how policies are to be justified.
Presumably if the removal of a service that results in a cost saving to Council is a commendable approach, then there is a precedent to call for the removal of all other services that bear a cost.
I would suggest Council begin with the removal of all rubbish services as this is a very significant cost. Others to follow could be the provisioning of roads, libraries and parks.
I suspect the very last service to be jettisoned would be the enormous salaries and wages of those faceless and unaccountable staff housed in the centrally located white edificess stretched across the isthmus.
At some stage reality might dawn on our public servants that the provisioning of cost effective services is actually what the rate and tax paying community requires.
Were we to have a public service resource that was accountable for its performance there might be far greater enthusiasm for an increased use of the public sector for providing the necessary services for our communities to function well.
Meantime...I can see my neighbour's lawns growing...should I mow his as well?