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Minister Must Review Auckland Rates


Minister Must Review Auckland Rates

ACT New Zealand Finance Spokesman Rodney Hide today welcomed the news that Local Government Minister Hon Chris Carter was considering a ministerial review of Auckland's massive rate rise, which is causing such hardship and pain for working families and pensioners.

"The Minister should do the review. He cannot sit on the sideline and wash his hands of the fate of ratepayers.

"On 30 June 2003, he promised New Zealanders that his new Local Government Act 2002 would `make it harder for councils to increase rates without good reason'.

"He made the promise. He must now review what has happened. He should include in the review my proposal to cap the rate increases that local councils can impose," Mr Hide said.

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