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Hide Concedes Bill Won't Stop Rate Rises

22 August 2006

Rodney Hide Concedes His Bill Will Not Stop
Rampant Rate Rises

Rodney Hide has conceded in a letter to Winston Peters that his Rating Cap Bill does not address excessive rate rises on the basis of escalating property values.

In his letter asking for New Zealand First’s support for his Bill he states: “I agree with New Zealand First’s concern that charging rates on the basis of property value alone is unfair, and that leads to undue pressure on pensioners and others on fixed incomes, ......As you have pointed out, my Bill does not tackle this directly.”

“What Mr Hide is not telling people is that under Standing Orders, a select committee is confined to consideration of matters within the scope of the Bill,” said Local Government spokesman, Brian Donnelly.

“In other words, the main driver of excessive rates rises, rampant valuation increases, is not addressed by the Bill.

“That is why New Zealand First is calling for a Commission of Inquiry so that such issues, along with GST on rates, the rating of government entities such as schools, and a number of other critical issues can be addressed,” said Mr Donnelly.

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