The various numbers in the title have all been quoted recently as the percentage rates rise Aucklanders can expect when this year’s rates demand drops into their letter boxes in a few weeks time.
Auckland households are facing a steep rates rise of about 9.5 per cent to pay for Mayor Len Brown's latest budget plan.
The mayor has released some details of the plan he outlined last Thursday, which included a general rates increase of 2.5 per cent and a targeted rate of about 4 per cent to top up spending on transport.
But due to new valuations and a lowering of business rates, it has emerged the combined impact of the general and targeted rate on households will be in the region of 9.5 per cent.
This is a steep increase from an earlier 5.6 per cent average rates rise for households.
Take my own example. I have had 10% rates rises for each of the first four years since amalgamation resulting in me paying 50% more than I did four years ago. Far, far higher than any figure circulating in the the rarified atmosphere of Auckland’s so-called finance department or bandied about the Mayor's 130 spin doctors.
It’s all a far cry from my blog a few months ago when those of us on Waiheke were told by the Herald our rates would actually fall. I was sceptical then. I’m downright angry now.
According to the Herald Waiheke rates will drop by 8.4% next year on average.
About 116,000 Auckland households face a rates increase of more than 10 per cent under a rating formula released by Mayor Len Brown yesterday.
So we pay and pay and pay, new taxes, new targeted rates, new transport levies, and what do we get in return? Reduced services, infrastructure being allowed to fall into rack and ruin, none of the promised affordable houses but he gets his train set and cycleways.
All of one year’s residential rates income wouldn’t pay for the bloated salaries and ballooning debt under the leadership of Len Brown and his Labour/Green Council bolstered by unelected race based tribal barons. Little of substance has been achieved in four years.
Pity the poor Mayor who will take over if the statutory managers don’t get there first. What an unmitigated disaster will be awaiting them.