72000 leaflets will be delivered to Rodney and Albany households this weekend highlighting the voting records of these Councillors and their support for cost increases of rubbish collection that have seen charges rise by over 100% in their wards.
"THESE COUNCILLORS ARE RUBBISH" CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED WITH LEAFLET DROP TO 72,000 RODNEY & ALBANY HOUSEHOLDS
The Ratepayers’ Alliance will tomorrow launch a "These Councillors are Rubbish" campaign exposing two of the “Terrible Ten” Auckland Councillors who allowed Len Brown to hike rates by 9.9% last year, and are failing to prevent changes to local waste services which will see some households pay twice as much for domestic waste collection.
In the next 72 hours 72,000 leaflets will be distributed in Rodney and Albany targeting Councillors Penny Webster and Wayne Walker, their voting record, and their apparent support for a new waste regime which will see their constituents pay much more for waste.
Ratepayers' Alliance Spokesperson, Jo Holmes, says “This is the first step of our campaign to name and shame those who have supported Len Brown’s high rates, high debt agenda."
"Penny Webster, who Len Brown appointed as chair of the Council’s Finance and Performance Committee, has allowed the Council to effectively max out the credit card and risk a credit downgrade which would see ratepayers, who can ill afford it, pay even more."
"Councillor Wayne Walker is just as bad. He stood on a platform of ‘fair rates’ and a rates cap. In fact, Cr Walker voted for Len Brown’s 9.9% rates hike.”
“In these particular leaflets we’ve highlighted the waste issue, as we believe it is an area with the local ward councillors have really let down the communities they are supposed to serve. They have allowed Auckland Council to force upon Rodney and Albany a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach which will end up costing households much more.”
“Work by the Ratepayers’ Alliance shows the Council’s new waste regime will cost Rodney and Albany ratepayers far more, despite Councillors Webster and Walker trying to convince voters that it will be “efficient”.”
Internal Council documents, made publicly available for the first time by the Ratepayers’ Alliance, show that householders in:
Ms Holmes says, “Those North of the Harbour Bridge have generally had lower costs for household waste disposal than the rest of Auckland thanks to a private competitive market. What the Council wants to do is take over the market and force out the competition by subsiding new Council operations with general rates income. It’s the ultimate in Council empire building which, even according to the Council’s analysis, will cost households much more.”
- the former North Shore City will pay 64% higher charges;
- the former Rodney District will pay 47% higher charges; and
- the former Waitakere City will pay 107% higher charges
“There is still time for the Council to stop these expensive changes. That however is going to require a change in tune from the sitting councillors, or a clean sweep of the “Terrible Ten” at this year’s election.”
"Voters won’t forget who these Terrible Ten are – we won’t be letting them."
To view the full briefing document go to the ARA website
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