Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Auckland Council Urged to Modify Rate Rise Proposals

22 May 2012

Auckland Council Urged to Modify Rate Rise Proposals

The year-on-year 10% cap on rates proposed for nearly 200,000 Auckland rate payers to be decided by Auckland Council tomorrow is unacceptable, says Auckland Chamber of Commerce head Michael Barnett.

Equally unfair is the proposal for business rate payers to pay 33% extra in each of the next three years as part of Council’s transition to the new single rates system.

For ratepayers on fixed incomes and the many small-medium (SME) businesses on tight margins there will be serious and unfair consequences, he predicted. “Job losses and business closures are inevitable.”

The Auckland legislation requires the Council to put in place a single rating system from 1 July so that properties of equal value will be paying equal rates, wherever you are in the new Auckland. In theory properties in Takapuna will be rated at the same level as those in Henderson and those in Manukau.

Council has three years to make the transition, but is being misleading in what it is telling Aucklanders about the change and its effects. “Under the proposals Council will be asked to confirm tomorrow, even with the proposed 10% cap on annual increases, there is no possibility of Auckland moving to a single rates system in the next three years where everyone is treated the same,” said Mr Barnett.

It is seriously misleading for Mayor Len Brown to claim that Council is proposing an overall rate increase of 3.6%.

The business community is still being expected to contribute 34% of the rates revenue even though they represent less than 20% of Auckland’s ratepayers.

Businesses are expected to pay 163% more in rates for equal services on equal valued properties, and there is no proposal to remove the business differential as there should be if a single rate system is the goal.

These and other serious omissions in the rates transition proposals must be addressed by Councillors tomorrow. “I agree with the Mayor that there is no more important issue than a fair and equitable rating system for all Aucklanders. But saying that means nothing without honest action to deliver.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Zimbabwe: New Democracy, Or A False Dawn?

Gordon Campbell: Robert Mugabe = Hosni Mubarak. The current jubilation on the streets of Harare at the fall of Zimbabwe’s dictator Robert Mugabe is genuine, and one hates to be negative about the country’s future. Yet the situation is eerily similar to the scenes in Cairo in early 2011, when a popular uprising swept Hosni Mubarak from power in Egypt. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them. More>>

ALSO:

Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>

ALSO:

Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>

ALSO:

Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election