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Chris Carter Turns Back On Ratepayers

Local Government Minister Chris Carter Turns Back On Ratepayers

ACT New Zealand Finance Spokesman Rodney Hide today said he was disappointed to learn that Local Government Minister Chris Carter was advising his Labour caucus to vote against Rodney's Local Government (Rating Cap) Amendment Bill.

"Chris Carter must be deaf to the hurt of ratepayers especially pensioners and low income families who are struggling to pay rate demands that would make the Sheriff of Nottingham blush," Mr Hide said.

"There is huge anger following the Auckland Regional Council jacking up rates by 30 per cent across the board and up to 400 per cent for some ratepayers.

"My Bill would provide some relief by capping rate increases in any year to the rate of consumer price inflation for the preceding year, plus two per cent. The maximum in any three-year period is set to the rate of consumer price inflation for the preceding three years plus four per cent. My Bill provides for the Minister of Local Government to grant dispensations, in special circumstances, with any such dispensations to be notified in the gazette along with accompanying reasons.

"My advice to Chris Carter is to advise his Labour Party colleagues to vote for my Bill at least to Select Committee to let members of the public have their say. Or maybe it's the public having their say that Chris Carter is afraid of," Mr Hide said.

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