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

 


Wairoa Ratepayers in for Nasty Surprise

MEDIA RELEASE

Wairoa Ratepayers in for Nasty Surprise

21 MAY 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wairoa ratepayers should be furious with the Wairoa District Council for misleading thepublic on its forecast rate hikes. Earlier today the Taxpayers’ Union discovered that statements by the District’s Mayor and CEO that rates are forecast to increase by 5.43% are fanciful. The real figure is in fact 15.9%.

“We wrote to the CEO asking him to justify the 5.43% figure as our analysis, based on the Council’s own draft annual plan, shows that overall rates will increase nearly three times that amount."

“Late this afternoon a Council official confirmed to the Taxpayers’ Union that our analysis is correct. The 5.43% figure excludes new targeted rates for two wastewater schemes. Instead of saying rates are increasing by 5.43% with an additional 10% for brand new rates, they conveniently left out the second part.”

“We labelled the distinction as ‘cute’. The Council official preferred to describe the wording as ‘loose’. Either way this is such a basic flaw contained in the draft annual plan's cover note, that it potentially undermines the validity of the consultation process."

The discrepancy and calculations are explained on the Taxpayers’ Union website. The source documents containing the misleading statements by the Mayor and CEO are also available.

"This is one of the poorest Districts in the country. We are shocked that the Mayor and CEO have been so misleading. They must think the public are mugs. It took our analyst five minutes to work out a figure that the Mayor and CEO should know intimately."

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