I guess Brown saw the writing on the wall for his train wreck project, the City Rail Link (CRL), with the return of a National government. He’s got to come up with some money and fast if he’s to meet the governments target of 50% of the funding to match the government’s 50% promised in 2020 to pay for what is a stupid idea in the first place. Looking at the election results he must think he is still safe to get a third term with the combined votes of Labour and Greens in his precious Manukau, Manurewa and Mangere, but I’m not so sure.
Even Local Board’s like Waiheke are eyeing squeezing more out of their ratepayers to fund their own white elephants – a SCHOOL pool no less, not even something for the community at large. Backed of course by our economic illiterate M
A few voices speak out in Council against Mayoral profligacy like Councillors Cameron Brewer, George Wood and Dick Quax, but most of the others are totally out of their depth when it comes to dealing with money. I guess so long as the money keeps rolling into their own bank accounts they couldn’t care less about the ratepayers of Auckland. Meanwhile the slow train wreck that is Auckland crashes on regardless with Councillors who have no competence in financial matters being bamboozled by Council officers who do Brown's bidding.
Targeted rate to ‘plug’ $12b transport fund gap
A "targeted rate" is one option being considered by an independent group looking at alternative funding measures to plug a $12 billion-plus transport funding gap over the next 30 years.
Evaluating road tolls and fuel-tax rises and traditional funding methods such as rate rises and targeted rates is the job of the group due to report to the council next month.
The Herald understands that the independent alternative transport funding group is leaning towards motorway tolls. It will also provide options for targeted rates and extra rates rises.
On Wednesday, Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee reiterated the Government's pre-election position that there would be no regional fuel taxes or tolling of existing state highways in Auckland.
Auckland Council cannot introduce motorway tolls or a regional fuel tax without government approval.