Inside sources have told me that Goff is running Council as if it were central government. Apparently, he expects those he’s handed lucrative positions to as Chairs and Deputy Chairs of the various Council Committees to toe the party line, as if they were members of cabinet where collective responsibility is expected. This is putting enormous pressure on Councillors to breach their commitment to ratepayers and those who voted them into power expecting them to exercise fiscal responsibilty.
Without the steadying influence of financially prudent Councillors like Cameron Brewer and George Wood to stiffen their moral resolve, it seems some will be only too willing to go along with the new mayor in order to curry favour or promote their political ambitions.
Goff is already signalling that his 2.5% is mere smoke and mirrors. He intends to increase the financial burden of ratepayers through a series of indirect taxes and levies. Instead, he could have given the hard pressed ratepayers a rates holiday by cutting out the myriad of wasteful projects left behind as the legacy of the failed Len Brown era.
Find out who sold out ratepayers and who didn’t tomorrow.