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In the House on Thursday night Mr. Sutton moved—“ That, in ordsr to assure the most effective system of local government at the least cost of management, it is desirable that the relative positions of the Counties and Road Boards should be put upon a more satisfactory footing. (1) That the Counties Act be amended, and all Road Board or Highway Provincial Acts repealed, and highway districts abolished. (2.) That each county shall be subdivided into ridings, and each riding re-constituted into a road boai’d. (3.) That the road board snail be the only rating body, and that its duties snail be the construction and repair of the roads and drains within its borders, and the construction of all small bridges and all other works of a local nature. (4.) That the County Council shall consist of the chairman of each road board by virtue of position. (5.) That the revenue of the County shall be rents, licenses, fees, &c., at present payable, and the right to levy pro rata upon all road boards for such further amounts as may be required. (G.) That the duties of the Council shall be the construction of large bridges, assisting road boards by providing engineering assistance when required, to provide for local contributions to hospitals and charitable institutions, with power to alter boundaries of ridings and exercise a general supervision over the Road Boards. (7.) That Government he requested to bring in a Bill during the session to give effect to these resolutions.” The debate was adjourned for a week, pending the acceptance or otherwise by Parliament of the Government’s proposals on the question of local finance. Captain Russell expressed an opinion favorable to the appointment by Government of responsible valuators, and one valuation to be used for all rating purposes.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 115, 19 June 1880

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LOCAL GOVERNMENT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 115, 19 June 1880