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

False Electoral Return: John Banks Sentenced To Community Detention, Community Work

“The conviction of John Banks today is another sad chapter for John Banks and the ACT Party”, says Labour candidate for Epsom Michael Wood.

“Mr Banks was found guilty of electoral fraud in June. Regardless of what sentence is handed down, his reputation is in tatters. Sentencing is a matter for the court, and publicly deriding him further brings little benefit.”

“With the conviction confirmed, it is time for the ACT Party to step up to the mark and apologise to the people of Epsom. Mr Banks has suffered the consequences of his actions, but so far the ACT Party has gotten off scott-free” More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Gordon Campbell: On The Rise Of ISIS And Labour

While global attention got distracted by the fate of MH17 and the atrocities in Gaza, the world’s other mega ‘bad news’ story – the rise of ISIS-led fundamentalism in Iraq – has reached a tipping point. More>>

ALSO:

Rebuild: Christchurch City Council Releases Milestone Report

The Cameron Partners report says the Council may need to find an additional $783 million to $883 million by 2019... Options Cameron Partners proposed include increasing rates, borrowing more, maximising insurance payments, and freeing up capital from its commercial assets. More>>

ALSO:

Parliament Today: Parliament Adjourns

The 50th Parliament has adjourned for the final time. After the completion of the adjournment debate, MPs left for the campaign trail with Parliament to be dissolved on August 14 ahead of the September 20 election. More>>

ALSO:

Novopayout: Government-Owned Company To Take Over School Payroll

After lengthy negotiations, the Ministry of Education and the existing school payroll provider, Talent2, have settled both on the amounts payable by Talent2 towards the costs of remediating the Novopay service and a new operating model for the school payroll system. More>>

ALSO:

Employment: Labour Will Raise Minimum Wage, Restore Work Rights

A Labour government will raise the minimum wage $2 an hour to $16.25 and restore work rights to ensure the benefits of economic growth are shared fairly by all New Zealanders, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. More>>

ALSO:

Police: Crewe File Review Released

No new evidence has come to light implicating any specific person as being responsible for the murders of Jeannette and Harvey Crewe... The review identifies there is a distinct possibility that Exhibit 350 (the brass .22 cartridge case) may be fabricated evidence, and that if this is the case, that a member of Police would have been responsible. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf Issue #49: Gordon Campbell Interviews Laila Harre

For 25 years, Labour and National have been in virtual agreement about the basics of economic policy, and differed mainly on how to go about managing its social consequences. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news