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COUNTIES , DECISION DIRECT ACTION OPPOSED P.A. WELLINGTON, this day. A proposal for direct action by refusing to levy the hospital rate met with little support at the conference of the New Zealand Counties' Association yesterday. The example was cited of the Mangonui County Council, which did not levy the rate last year, though it continued to levy the general rate, and would probably adopt the same action this year.

The conference heard a deputation from the New Zealand Farmers' Union consisting of Mr. R. J. Glasgow (Auckland) and Mr. W. J. Thomas (Carterton). Mr. Glasgow said Mangonui Council was fighting the first round and would go under unless it received some support. If they were convinced that trie incidence of hospital rating was unjust, then almost any action not involving violence was constitutional. Mr. Thomas said he felt if the counties refused to levy the rate they would not be breaking the law, but protesting against an injustice. Mr. W. Morrison (Maxwell), president of the conference, replied that for years the counties had fought direct action and he would not like to see the association adopt it. He was informed that the Mangonui Council had been pushed into its present position by the Farmers' Union and had received much odium. Mr. M. E. Lyons, chairman of the Christchurch City Council Finance Committee, speaking on proposals emanating from Canterbury, suggested that the combined Municipal and Counties' Associations should propose to the Government that it should bear 75 per cent of the levies (at present 50 per cent) and the municipalities and counties 124 per cent each to be based on the capital value and on population. After further discussion the motion was put and defeated, only a few voting for it. Mr. C. V. Kirke (Mackenzie) then moved that, in the event of the counties not being given considerable relief as the result of the Parliamentary ' Select Committee's report, there be an immediate meeting of county council representatives to decide what action should be taken. This was carried.

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HOSPITAL LEVY, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 176, 27 July 1945

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HOSPITAL LEVY Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 176, 27 July 1945

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