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

 


Mayor rules any UAGC vote “out of order”

Media Release
Auckland Councillors Cameron Brewer and Dick Quax
Thursday, 8 May 2014


Mayor rules any UAGC vote “out of order”

Auckland Councillors Cameron Brewer and Dick Quax’s attempts to have a vote on the Uniform Annual General Charge were ruled “out of order” by Mayor Len Brown today before councillors passed the Mayor’s 2014/15 budget by 17/4 votes.

Cameron Brewer says “I put up a proposed amendment, supported by Dick Quax, that we lift the fixed component of household rates from $373 to just $450 to help out the likes of those on fixed incomes who may be asset rich but cash poor, but the Mayor surprisingly ruled it was an issue only for next year’s Long Term Plan.

Dick Quax says “I’ve had annual debates and votes on the UAGC for many years and I know many ratepayers will be disappointed that the debate over this important lever for fairer rating was disallowed this year.

“This year’s Annual Plan consulted on the UAGC and people, organisations and local boards commented but sadly their submissions counted for nothing. It’s very disappointing,” says Cameron Brewer.

“The Mayor promises a full and frank UAGC debate leading into the revised 10-year Long Term Plan next year which rest assured some of us will take up with great vigour. It’s well overdue that household rates bills better reflect the equal access all Aucklanders have to council services, amenities, and infrastructure,” says Councillor Quax.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Parliament Today:

Werewolf: The Defence Pretence

Last year, the world began spending more money on weapons again, for the first time since 2011... New Zealand belongs to a region – Asia and Oceania – where military spending rose sharply in 2015, by 5.4 per cent. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Not Crying Foul, Argentina

So a couple of guys found to be criminally liable of environmental pollution in Argentina lodge an application with the Overseas Investment Office… in order to buy some prime New Zealand rural land. Seems that their factory back home had carelessly and/or intentionally discharged toxic waste into the Lujan river. Bummer... More>>

ALSO:

Urban & Rural: $303m To Merge And Modernise New Zealand’s Fire Services

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne today announced funding of $303 million over five years to combine urban and rural fire services into one organisation from mid-2017. More>>

ALSO:

High Trust Regime: What Did The PM Tell His Lawyer About Foreign Trusts?

The Government stopped the IRD from reviewing New Zealand foreign trusts shortly after the Prime Minister’s lawyer wrote to the Revenue Minister claiming John Key had promised him the regime would not be changed. More>>

ALSO:

Road Crime: Wicked Campers Vans Classified As Objectionable

The definition of publication includes any "thing that has printed or impressed upon it, or otherwise shown upon it, 1 or more (or a combination of 1 or more) images, representations, signs, statements, or words", The Classification Office has previously classified such 'things' as billboards, t-shirts, and even a drink can. This is the first time the Classification Office has classified a vehicle. More>>

ALSO:

'When New' Repairs: Landmark EQC Settlement

The Earthquake Commission has cut a deal with 98 Canterbury homeowners that affirms the government entity's responsibility to repair earthquake-damaged property to a 'when new' state, as well as covering repairs for undamaged parts of a property and clarifying its position on cash settlement calculations. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Kiwirail’s Latest Stint In The Dogbox

The denigration of Kiwirail continues. The latest review (based on a 2014 assessment) of the options facing the company have enabled Kiwirail to be hung out to dry once again as a liability and burden on the taxpayer. More>>

ALSO:

Royal Society Report: Good Opportunities To Act Now On Climate Change

There are many actions New Zealand can and should take now to reduce the threat of climate change and transition to a low-carbon economy, a report released today by the Royal Society of New Zealand finds... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news