Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Banks Can’t Blame ARC For His Budget Blow-Out

March 12, 2002

Auckland Regional Council Chair Gwen Bull describes as completely unjustified Auckland City’s mayor John Banks’s criticism that ARC rate increases are causing a large part of Auckland City Council’s proposed 9 percent rate increase next year.

“The ARC has not yet discussed the rate requirements for the 2002-03 year,” said Cr Bull.

“John Banks should get his figures straight before blaming the Auckland Regional Council for his own city’s financial blow-outs,” said Cr Bull.

In fact, ARC’s long-term financial strategy posted last May shows a planned 5.9% increase in ARC’s rates. This translates to just a 0.6% percent increase of Auckland City’s rates.

“John Banks obviously hasn’t bothered to work out his figures,” said Cr Gwen Bull.

“The ARC is not the cause of Auckland City’s own financial blow-out.”

“The ARC is keen to work constructively with Auckland City as well as the other councils of the region, and this kind of criticism is unnecessary and damaging. I demand an apology from Mr Banks,” said Cr Gwen Bull.

The financial facts:
In ARC’s Long Term Financial Strategy (LTFS), there is a 5.9% increase in ARC’s rate take budgeted for the next financial year, 2002-03.

In the current 2001-02 year, Auckland City Council was billed $32,377,131 by ARC minus a fee to assist ACC to collect the rates for the current financial year – 2001-02.

ACC’s total rate take in 2001-02 was more than $293,100,000 – so ARC’s proportion of Auckland City’s rate take is about 11 percent.

Assuming that final property values remain roughly the same in the next financial year, a 5.9% increase in ARC’s rates would translate to 0.6% increase in ACC’s rates.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods (is the dollar up or down?) the outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country... More>>




Submissions Summary: The People's Commission On Public Media

This Summary is a preliminary report from the People’s Commission. It brings together views and aspirations of the hundreds of people who made submissions, attended public meetings, filled out the online survey and made speeches to our Panel. More>>

Housing Plans: Protest Over Ihumatao Development

Ihumatao in Mangere, next to the airport in Auckland, holds the archaeological remains of 1000 years of food production; from when Maori first landed in the area, through to early European settler agriculture and right up until today. More>>


Negotiations: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word.. More>>


Contains Highly Colloquial Language: Your F**king Guide To Government Formation

The following message is in no way endorsed by the Electoral Commission. They are f**king done with this election. More>>

NZ Emissions Up 50% 1990-2013: Report Confirms CLimate Change Impacting NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: Inland Revenue Steps Back From Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election