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Tizard tells homeowners to borrow money for rates

Tizard tells homeowners to borrow money for rates

The National Party is gobsmacked by suggestions from the Minister Responsible for Auckland that hard-up ratepayers should borrow the money to pay for big rates demands.

"Judith Tizard's message to Aucklanders is to pay up or get out," says National Party Local Government spokesman Gerry Brownlee.

"In Parliament today Judith Tizard said that if Auckland ratepayers couldn't afford their rates they should put themselves in debt.

"She suggested they could get their family to help out.

"She then went on to explain how she'd spoken to one Citizens Advice Bureau on the North Shore and concluded that no one there is complaining they can't pay their rates.

"There are distinct shades of George Hawkins and his lack of action on leaky homes because he was waiting to be formally informed.

"It reinforces the view that this Government does not respect private property rights.

"I want to tell Judith Tizard that there are Aucklanders complaining about rates and it's time she did something about it," says Mr Brownlee.

"The Minister Responsible for Auckland is all but telling those struggling to make ends meet that they must stomach the massive increases to pay for a 'dilapidated rail system' because 'that's all we've got'.

"Then she admits that she doesn't think it's fair that the elderly should have to pay vastly increased rates.

"The Minister Responsible for Auckland issues has only surfaced in the past couple of days, where has she been?

"Auckland deserves better," Mr Brownlee says.

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