In case you’d forgotten, here’s how the rates rise story went last year.
Budget meeting starts with 2.5% rates rise (Brown’s re-election promise). Then decides on 3.5%
Barely a month later Council decided household rates will rise on average by 5.6 per cent next year and 4.5 per cent thereafter.
The new transport levy is announced adding 4% to the average bill. Brown was still claiming ‘an overall rates increase of 2.5 per cent, which is down from the previous figure of 3.5 per cent’ despite the figures adding up to a 7.5% rates rise at this point.
The final figure is a 9.9% rates rise.
Here we go again.
It is interesting that Orsman is prepared to trot out Brown’s lies almost without further comment or analysis. It seems clear the Herald is backing Phil Goff for the mayoralty.
Len Brown outlines proposal for 'no surprises' budget
Auckland households are in line for a 3.5 per cent rates rise next year, although Mayor Len Brown would like to see this reduced to about 2.8 per cent.
Mr Brown today outlined his first proposal for what will be his last budget, calling it a "no surprises" budget.
It follows a topsy-turvy past few years of introducing a single rates system for the Super City and revaluations - which have contributed to large rates increases and decreases for many ratepayers.
This year's rates increases included the addition of a transport levy at the 11th hour, which took the average household rates increase to 9.9 per cent.
Mr Brown told the finance and performance committee that having been through a 10-year budget last year and several years of introducing a single rating system for the Super City this budget was about stability and delivering on decisions.
The mayor outlined a capital programme of $1.9 billion in the 2016 financial year that includes a transport programme of $720 million, water and wastewater of $440 million and investment in parks, sport and recreation of $170 million.
The overall rates increase would be 3.2 per cent - but a small drop in the percentage of rates businesses pay will push up the household figure by up to 3.5 per cent - but Mr Brown said he "would like to see this reduced to something close to 2.8 per cent".
"I am not proposing we consult on any further reductions to service levels but I am asking staff continue to scrutinise our costs, particularly those macro issues of inflation and interest rates."
The mayoral proposal will be considered by the governing body next Thursday.
2016 will see 10% plus rates hikes for sure.
The only light at the end of the tunnel is that the train wreck Brown mayoralty is coming to an end. Brown only knows one way and that is to lie and lie again. Don't expect any different from Phil Goff, who is already setting the tone of his mayoralty challenge by claiming he is standing as an 'independent'. Yeah right!
Victoria Crone will announce on Monday whether or not she will stand against ‘Len-on-steroids’ Goff. Fingers crossed.