|Upper Hutt City Council's chamber building.|
As The Dominion Post reports that both Upper and Lower Hutt have low levels of debt compared to the rest of the region. The Taxpayer's Union's spokesman Jordan Williams comments:
It's my personal view that the status quo works very well for the Hutt Valley - but ultimately the decision on amalgamation is to be by the wider community through a referendum.
"We cannot find a correlation between bigger is better or the converse," he said.
"So if cheaper rates is [driving the push for amalgamation], at least from a residential perspective, you may be better to stick with what you've got."