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

 


Brown Blindsides Ratepayers Over Rates

Brown Blindsides Ratepayers Over Rates

“While I agree with Len Brown regarding how unfair it is that local government is currently funded by a property tax, it is clear the Mayor is simply raising this issue to blindside ratepayers over the real problem. That is his excessive and damaging addiction to spending!”

Stephen Berry, the Leader of Affordable Auckland, believes a user pays approach to funding council services wherever practical is the fairest and most efficient way. “Obviously I am not proposing that we put toll gates and ticket booths on public parks, but user charges for services such as water reward conservation, penalise waste and don’t see the responsible subsidising the reckless.”

Len Brown has identified pensioners owning high value properties on small incomes as an example of those who suffer under the current rating system. Berry wonders, “Is Brown reading my press releases? I have stood up for those same people who are victimised by Brown’s outrageous spending policies. Even with the unfair system we currently have, pensioners in high value homes would be far better off if Council stuck to funding the bare essentials instead of pie in the sky white water rafting centres and tram systems to nowhere.”

Stephen Berry completely disagrees with Brown over the suitability of a local body income tax. “An income tax has the same flaws as a property tax. People pay based on what they’re worth rather than what they consume and there are no incentives for personal responsibility or efficiency.”

“Whatever is eventually decided to be the most appropriate way to gather Council revenue, if Brown remains Mayor and maintains a left-wing majority on Council then local taxation will only go up at an ever increasing rate. Already borrowing levels are the same as what the Council receives from taxation. Already 19% of that tax is spent on servicing the interest on $7 billion worth of debt. The rampant spending of today is going to guarantee the rapid rates increases of tomorrow.”

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Departure Speech: Governor-General’s State Farewell Luncheon

"...Unfortunately I was unable to get to the Antarctic, the Chatham Islands and the Kermadecs. A dicky heart thwarted our travel to the Antarctic; and even though I volunteered to parachute into the Kermadecs to join the Young Blake expedition, time, commitments and officials frustrated my plans to visit the Kermadecs and Chathams." More>>

ALSO:

New Research: Most Homeless People Working Or Studying

“The cost of housing has been rising without corresponding increases in income, whilst the number of state houses per capita has been in decline. Many low-income people are missing out on housing, whether we recognise them as ‘homeless’ or not. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Traynor: New Offender Info Sharing Plan

“This Bill delivers on that step-change by moving away from name-based records held by individual agencies to a shared, anchor identity based on unalterable information, such as fingerprints and facial recognition. It also gives agencies access to the drivers’ licence photo database and birth, death and marriages information." More>>

  • NZ Law Foundation - New $2M fund for research on information challenges
  • Littoral: New Ship To Deliver Enhanced Naval Capability

    Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says the Government has approved a Ministry of Defence and New Zealand Defence Force recommendation to request tenders for a new naval ship to support littoral operations. More>>

    July:

    After King's Labour Snub: Māori Party And Kiingitanga To Work Together

    Māori Party Co-leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox met with Kiingitanga representatives in Wellington yesterday to discuss working together on key issues for the betterment of Māori. More>>

    ALSO:

    Waitangi Claim On Rehabilitation: The 'Justus' System For Māori Not Good Enough

    Closing statements at the Waitangi Tribunal case against Corrections called for immediate steps and a comprehensive review to address the high rate of Māori reoffending. More>>

    ALSO:

    Advice: PM Sets Rules For Ministers' Treatment Of Public Servants

    Prime Minister John Key has laid down the law about the way ministers and public servants should interact, saying ministers may not always like the advice they receive, but they must listen to it carefully, respectfully and professionally. More>>

    Gordon Campbell: On The Funding Changes In Special Needs Education, And Uber

    The plan to strip out the educational support for older “special needs” children in order to meet the existing shortfall in funding for special needs in early childhood education is so miserly and relentlessly stupid as to defy belief… More>>

    SPECIAL EDUCATION (& More):

    Online Learning Plans:

    Get More From Scoop

     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Regional
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news