The Auckland Ratepayers' Alliance has issued the following media release.
Councillors break election promises – impose risky hotel tax
Responding to Auckland Council’s decision to impose a targeted rate on accommodation providers, Jo Holmes, spokesperson for the Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance, says:
“Despite being elected on promises not to raise rates by more than 2%, Councillors today have totally ignored their pledges. This new tax is a continuation of the same ‘high rates, wasteful spending’ council Auckland ratepayers are tired of. Instead of tackling the waste that is ATEED, they took the easy option and created a dedicated tax to help fund it.”
“What is worse is that this new rate is legally very risky. Phil Goff will now be using our money to try to defend it in Court.”
Never once has Goff considered cutting out any wasteful spending in Council, its bureaucracy or its CCOs.
Those Councillors who have sold out Auckland’s ratepayers so they can be in his ‘inner circle’ have betrayed the people they represent.