It is not too late to pressure 15 Councillors to change their minds. Already some are getting cold feet and a big turnout might persuade others that this move is not in either the interests of Aucklanders or their own careers. Several Councillors will be at the meeting. I have been invited to speak on behalf of the Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance
It is to be hoped that local board representatives, especially those who have been vocal about lack of funding in their areas, will also attend as they are at the forefront of cuts to local services. It should not only be Councillors who feel the heat of ratepayers wrath but also local board elected representatives who have failed to make their Councillors on the Governing Body hear the concerns of their ratepayers.
This is their opportunity to add their voices to the growing clamour of discontent about the way Auckland is being run by Council and its burgeoning bloated bureaucracy.
Details of the meeting.
Auckland residents Ray Calver and Dick Cuthbert are part of a group of concerned ratepayers organising the Auckland Rates Increases Public Meeting to be held June 10. “There is widespread anger at the imposition of an average 9.9% rates increases across Auckland. It particularly hurts those in poorer parts of Auckland where residents of Mangere face increases of 16.9%.”
Mr. Calver says “The purpose of this meeting is to give Aucklanders an opportunity to voice their opposition to the increases and also to plan how they would like to make this opposition known.
The meeting will be addressed by several speakers who have a variety of ideas on how ratepayers can take a stand against the Council’s rates plan.”
The meeting will be held at Mt. Eden War Memorial Hall 487 Dominion Rd on Wednesday June 10 commencing from 7:30pm. Confirmed speakers are
· Stephen Berry – Affordable Auckland Mayoral candidate
· Cameron Brewer – Orakei Councillor
· Penny Bright – Mayoral candidate
· Jo Holmes – Auckland Ratepayer’s Alliance
· Damien Light – United Future
· Bill Raynor – Grey Power
· David Seymour – Act Epsom MP
“Following speeches, there will be time put aside for people to ask questions of the speakers and also voice their concerns about the rates increases. The meeting organisers and I look forward to hearing how those who have attended wish to proceed.”