First there's the ‘great train robbery’ as Auckland Mayor ‘Loopy’ Len Brown tries to bankrupt the city and ratepayers to pay for his train set, now it’s the ‘great grave robbery’ as he seeks to impose additional fees to bury our dead.
The Mayor plans to go along with his out of control bureaucrats, always on the lookout for ways to make their life easier, to ‘regionalise’ fees for burying our dead.
An Auckland Council plan to make the costs of burial and ash plots and grave digging similar across the region could result in hikes of hundreds of dollars at some council cemeteries.
The largest proposed fees increase affects Waiheke Island and Great Barrier Island, ranging from $1096 to $1876.
For example, the burial interment fee on Great Barrier Island's cemetery goes from the present no charge to $1350.
The biggest rise in the proposal for burial plot fees is by $572 to $2000 on Waiheke Island while at Manukau Memorial Gardens it could go up by $536 to $4000.
In a proposal to tomorrow's council budget committee meeting Mayor Len Brown says the staff proposal is to both "harmonise" the fees and achieve cost recovery through the pricing structure.
"I believe it is appropriate and that the ratepayer should not be subsidising these activities," says Mr Brown.
The council staff proposal is to harmonise fees for: burial or ash plots, interment (digging) and related facilities hire (chapels, function lounges).
I know from bitter experience that Council is just one big money-go-round, as rates go to paying Council Officers to charge each other for their ‘services’. It’s just one huge con, but it takes a con-man like Brown to really make the corrupt system work to maximum effect.
He has tried before to make burying our dead as costly as possible. Last time it was to enrich tribal elites by forcing us to pay them to scatter loved ones ashes. That crazy provision was eventually shelved but there’s no limit to Brown’s imagination when it comes to burying us in increased costs.