As predicted pre-election, Goff will be looking for new taxes, levies, and charges to fund his wasteful spending so that he can keep his promise of rates rises no greater than 2.5%.
Less than two months into being elected, Goff wants Auckland Council to consider pegging Aucklander’s annual rate to 2.5 per cent while accommodation providers must collect a visitor levy.
The plan, along with other Goff proposals such as a targeted rate for new large-scale developments and a regional fuel tax, would support Auckland’s growth, he said.
The Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance has issued the following press release.
HOW ABOUT A STOP TO RIDICULOUS SPENDING RATHER THAN A TAX ON TOURISM AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP?
The Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance is slamming a new proposal by Auckland Mayor Phil Goff to introduce an Auckland visitor levy as a tax on tourism and entrepreneurship. Spokesperson Jo Holmes says:
“Aucklanders elected Phil Goff to tackle the Council’s wasteful spending, not find sneaky new ways to tax more. Why isn’t Mr Goff putting as much effort into cutting ATEED’s budget – $500,000 of which was recently wasted on a new slogan – as he is in dreaming up ways to drain more money from Aucklanders' pockets?”
“Every dollar of tourism tax collected, in one dollar less for the business and organisations which Auckland Council is claiming to help. If Phil Goff really thinks taxing tourists so that ATEED can send staff to junkets to the Olympics, translate new slogans and appoint staff to their office in London, helps Auckland’s economy, he needs to get out more."
"Auckland Council should put an end to its ridiculous spending before it even thinks about new taxes and digging deeper into other people's pockets," concludes Ms Holmes.