The news has been welcomed by the Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance
DECISION TO RULE OUT REGIONAL FUEL TAX WELCOMED
Steven Joyce and Simon Bridges' public statement ruling out a regional fuel tax for Auckland is being welcomed by the Auckland Ratepayers' Alliance. Spokesperson Jo Holmes says:
“Aucklanders already pay more than enough to Auckland Council. We welcome this announcement because the Council needs to find efficiencies and show that it can spend our money prudently before it digs even deeper into our pocket – whether that be through rates or other taxes Phil Goff is lobbying for.”
I expect Goff knew full well his ‘regional fuel tax’ idea would never fly. The government had already told Goff’s failed predecessor the same thing. It will all be a set-up so he can say to ratepayers when he justifies breaching his 2.5% rates rise promise, ‘It’s not my fault. The government refused to let me raise alternative funding leaving me no choice but to raise rates above the promised threshold. Blame the government.’
We’ve all heard it so many times before from Labour that such an outcome would come as no surprise. In fact, Goff has already signalled he has massive rates rises in his sights. This is what he had to say.
“Putting the burden of resolving transport funding deficit onto ratepayers would push rates up about 16% next year.’
As I said before the election, Phil Goff is Len Brown on steroids.