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Auckland’s business deserves better rates deal

Wednesday, June 6th 2006

Auckland’s business deserves better rates deal

A rapid phase out of the differential paid by Auckland’s business ratepayers would help halt the stagnation of the city’s CBD, the Employers &Manufacturers Association (Northern) told the Auckland Council hearings today on the city’s draft long term plan.

“We urged the council to phase out the 2.41 differential against business ratepayers,” said Peter Atkinson, EMA’s executive charged with presenting the association’s submission.

“The council has not justified the need for the differential though required by law to do so.

“The differential being charged is based on outdated figures; we recommend a study be done on rates paid compared to benefits received every three years, to coincide with the city’s 10 year plan.

“To achieve a more balanced and fair rates package overall, Auckland needs as well to abandon its cautious approach to development levies and raise its Uniform Annual General Charges to the maximum.

“Waitakere City, with far less rates revenue per ratepayer than Auckland, charges a UAGC of $540 whereas Auckland City charges just $95.”

Mr Atkinson noted EMA membership in Auckland City total 5785 businesses and other organisations which employ 138,000 staff and with an annual payroll over $5 billion.

The full submission is at: www.ema.co.nz/submissions

ENDS

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