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

 

Mayoral proposal eases ratepayer burden

28 November 2016

Mayoral proposal eases ratepayer burden by restricting rate rises and raising new revenue

Mayor Phil Goff has today released a plan to restrict rate rises and raise significant new revenue while restraining borrowing and supporting underpaid and vulnerable Aucklanders.

The proposed consultation items include restricting the annual average rate rise to 2.5% and addressing Auckland’s need for extra revenue to support growth with the proposed introduction of a visitor levy, a targeted rate for new large-scale developments and a regional fuel tax.

“Ratepayers have shouldered the responsibility for the growth of our city and cannot be expected to continue to do that on their own. This proposal shares that responsibility more fairly across all of those who benefit from living and doing business in our city,” says Phil Goff

The Mayoral proposal delivers on Phil Goff’s commitment to restrict rate rises.

“I made a commitment to restrict the annual average rate rise to 2.5%, down from 3.5%, and that is what this proposal delivers.”

The proposal also implements the Mayor’s commitment to a Living Wage for Council employees and contributes an additional $500,000 to co-ordinating work to support homeless Aucklanders.

“This proposal puts the people of this city first by taking a responsible and fair approach to tackling Auckland’s growth challenges, and seeking to support those who most need help to live a decent life in our city,” says Phil Goff.

The proposal also notes significant work is underway at Auckland Council to find efficiencies across the Group.

“We are taking a responsible fiscal approach by ensuring that Auckland Council is more efficient and delivers value for money while finding innovative ways to raise extra revenue to support growth.

“Accommodation providers and other businesses benefit most directly from the funding Council puts into attracting visitors to the city and supporting major events. That is why I am proposing a new visitor levy to be collected by hotels, motels and B&Bs to replace ratepayer spending by ATEED in this area.

“We are also ensuring that we remain well within the Council’s debt cap to avoid a potential credit downgrade which would force ratepayers to fund millions of dollars in extra interest costs,” says Phil Goff.

The Mayoral proposal is the forerunner to Auckland Council’s Annual Plan process and sets out a series of recommendations that are presented to the public for consultation. The proposal promotes the following initiatives:

• Raising up to $30 million from a new visitor levy to replace ratepayer funding currently spent on attracting visitors and supporting major events.
• Introducing a targeted rate for new large-scale developments to pay for major new infrastructure, increase Auckland’s housing supply and discourage land-banking
• Seeking Government support to implement a regional fuel tax to help close the $400m gap in transport infrastructure funding identified by central government and Auckland Council under the Auckland Transport Alignment Project
• Bidding for a significant share of the Government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund
• Generating savings from efficiencies across the Auckland Council group
• Introducing a Living Wage for Council employees
• Contributing $500,000 to coordinating work to support homeless Aucklanders

“The initiatives that I’m promoting will require collaboration with central government, businesses and our communities. We want to work openly and honestly with all of our partners to make sure that Auckland is one of the world’s best performing cities.

“Given it is only four weeks since inauguration, there is still a lot of work to be done. Many of these initiatives will fall under the Long Term Plan but it is important to start consulting Aucklanders now,” said Phil Goff.

Attached:
1) Mayoral proposal
2) Annual Plan 2017/2018 timeline

http://img.scoop.co.nz/media/pdfs/1611/AP_timeline.pdf

http://img.scoop.co.nz/media/pdfs/1611/MayoralPoposalfor2018AnnualPlan.pdf

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Ch-Ch-Changes At IRD

job cuts aren’t happening at the IRD, exactly. Instead, there’s apparently a ‘transformation’ in store, and jobs won’t be axed ; no, they will be ‘transformed’ before our eyes into… non-jobs, if you happen to be among the unlucky legion of 1,900 who are being lined up for transformation, which seems to work rather like a secular version of the Rapture.

Except that at IRD, not even your shoes will be left behind. More>>

 

Christchurch Mental Health: Hospital Too 'Awful' For Reviewers To Visit

Jonathan Coleman has to stop the stalling over a new building for mental health services in Christchurch to replace the quake damaged Princess Margaret Hospital, says Labour’s Health spokesperson David Clark... More>>

ALSO:

Greens Call For Govt Action: Children Sick Because Of NZ Housing

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians president-elect said today that children with preventable respiratory illnesses are being re-admitted to hospital because they're being sent back to cold, damp homes. More>>

ALSO:

Less Tax Cut, More Spending: Labour Launches Fiscal Plan

“Labour will invest $8 billion more in health, $4 billion more in education and $5 billion more for Kiwi families through Working for Families, Best Start and the Winter Energy Payment than the Budget 2017 projections for the forecast period.” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Greens’ Room For Political Pragmatism

The Greens here are currently being criticized by the commentariat for not making the same kind of pragmatic choices that sunk the Democrats in Australia. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Being Humane About Welfare, Child Support, And Tax

It made for an unusual Venn diagram, but Greens co-leader Metiria Turei and Finance Minister Steven Joyce were briefly sharing some common elements this week in the set that says – hey, don’t use the powers of the state in ways guaranteed to make the system you’re trying to defend worse, not better. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election