Len ‘Sweeny Todd’ Brown has got his razor out. He’s going to cut Auckland’s transport, parks and community services to the bone to pay for his one BIG project the City Rail Link (CRL). Despite the cuts he also plans to bleed us dry with even BIGGER rates rises, new taxes, congestion charges and wants to sell the family silver. Isn't that a bit hypocritical coming from a Labour Mayor?
I couldn’t believe Brown's audacity when I read yesterday in Bernard Orsman’s column in the Herald that he had uttered the word ‘prudence’ in referring to his budget. Unbelievable! This the profligate nincompoop who has saddled Aucklanders with the most dramatic rates rises in a generation whilst increasing debt to Third World levels. At the same time we hapless ratepayers have yet to see much in the way of tangible benefits for our 50% increase in rates since Brown became Mayor.
He said he wants to get Auckland moving yet where does the razor cut deepest, the transport budget. Is this guy brain dead or what? Aided and abetted by his economically illiterate sidekick, Councillor Mike Lee, who is also a Director on the Board of Auckland Transport, they make pitiful excuses for city leaders.
Orsman's report adds more details to add to my blog, ‘Brown’s train wreck’ two days ago.
Carparks may be sold, and congestion charges, fuel tax or tolls introduced in bid to balance 10-year budget
Auckland Mayor Len Brown is talking of selling council carparks and naming rights to swimming pools to help balance the books in his new 10-year budget.
Mr Brown released his first draft of the budget yesterday, which contains overall rates rises of 2.5 per cent in the first two years and 3.5 per cent thereafter.
Read more: Len Brown details Super City's 10 year budget
But due to a plan to reduce business rates at the expense of households, residential rates will increase by about 3.5 per cent in the first two years and 4.5 per cent over the next six years.
On top of this, many ratepayers still face big increases from the move to a single rating system for the Super City and higher rates from new property valuations this year.
Mr Brown, who has been under fire for hefty rate increases and soaring debt, described the budget as trying to strike a "sweet balance between prudence and investment".
Yesterday, Prime Minister John Key had some advice for Mr Brown, saying the council had to do what central government had done and that was work out how to achieve more with less.