Auckland set for lowest rates rise since super city
Aucklanders could be about to get their lowest rates rise since amalgamation nearly six years ago.
The budget proposal to be considered on Friday would boost rates by 2.4 percent overall; residential rates would rise 2.6 percent and businesses 1.7 percent.
The transport levy of $114 for homes and $184 for businesses would remain unchanged despite a call to boost the business share. And the politically contentious flat uniform annual general charge, at $394, is also little changed.
The proposed rates rise would be the lowest since amalgamation in 2010, which kicked off rises starting at 3.9 percent in the first year, but then declining.
The same astronomic rise is unlikely to happen again because it is an election year and the Councillors seeking re-election are already facing the wrath of the voters, especially the Terrible Ten who voted in favour of last year’s rises. But 6% is outrageous enough given that the rate of inflation is still close to zero.
Journalists should look beyond percentages and media spin to see what Council is actually saying rather than be content to take media releases at face value. It will be interesting to see how the press reports the figures tomorrow.
Once again Auckland Council is treating ratepayers as dumb idiots who will swallow their media hype and accept docilely any treatment they are meted out.
They will not. This year there is the 15000 strong Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance which will shine the light on Council’s persistent wasting of our money while cutting services. Ratepayers are now better informed and better organised that at any time in the last six years. They will not easily forgive yet another betrayal by Councillors come election time in October.
If you haven’t already joined the resistance then you can do so by clicking here. It’s free.
Here is a reminder of who the Terrible Ten Councillors are who voted in the 9.9% rise last year.
Penny Hulse - Waitakere
Arthur Anae - Manukau
Bill Cashmore - Franklin
Linda Cooper - Waitakere
Chris Darby – North Shore
Alf Filipaina - Manukau
Mike Lee – Waitemata and Gulf
Calum Penrose – Manurewa/Papakura
Wayne Walker - Albany
Penny Webster - Rodney
Penny Hulse has been added to the list instead of Len Brown, who is not standing for re-election. Hulse is on record as supporting the rise though was she was absent for the vote.