ABSTAINING COUNCILLORS SHOULD STEP ASIDE
The Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance is labelling the Auckland Councillors who want to abstain rather than support, or reject Len Brown's proposed 10-year budget and 9.9% rates hike, as ‘gutless’. Spokesperson, Jo Holmes says:
“Aucklanders elected Councillors to take a stand one way or another, not run away from the biggest decision in this term. They should stand with Len Brown in increasing rates by 9.9%, stop him, or stand down.”
“Sitting on the fence on what is the largest political issue in Auckland right now isn’t political leadership, it’s gutless.”
Councillors the Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance understand are refusing to disclose how they will vote, or are planning to abstain:
1. Cathy Casey
2. Ross Clow
3. Mike Lee
4. Wayne Walker
5. John Watson
The undecided councillors have serious reservations against the budget, particularly a targeted rate for transport which takes average household rates to 9.9 per cent.
Three of the councillors - Mr Lee, Ms Casey, and Mr Walker - have already voted for the transport targeted rate on May 7.
Said Mr Barnett: "It is a total nonsense for councillors to abstain in a situation in which Auckland Council has clearly failed to show that they have done all they could to control costs and manage the council efficiently," he said.
"Allowing a 10-year plan to pass with less than half of Auckland councillors in support shows failed leadership and a breach of trust with ratepayers."