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Conspiracy of Silence on ARC Rate Payments

Conspiracy of Silence on ARC Rate Payments

Another Crowded Protest Meeting - And Arc Conspiracy Of Silence Meeting

About 250 local residents turned out for a rates protest meeting in Howick last night.

The majority indicated that they would not pay their ARC rates or would pay less than was being demanded.

More details from Rebellion Manukau City co-ordinator Grant Taylor 534 6612

Conspiracy of silence

While ARC councillors are busy gloating that 80% of ratepayers have paid their rates so far they will not release details to show what this means. I believe it can only refer to the 110,000 ratepayers in North Shore City and Rodney - and that translates to 22,000 ratepayers who have not paid their rates.

I believe the true picture is even worse and that many thousands more have paid only 10% or some other lesser sum. But we believe that the ARC is deliberately withholding this information as they fear releasing this information will encourage even more ratepayers not to pay - remembering that a further 340,000 ratepayers do not have to start paying the bill until 18th August - and, for Auckland City residents, 1st September.

I have asked Gwen Bull to intervene and instruct her officials to release the information.

In my view some officials are engaged in a conspiracy of silence.

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