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Lobbyists Shouldn't Be Campaigning for More Taxes

Ratepayer Funded Lobbyists Shouldn't Be Campaigning for More Taxes

2 JULY 2014

Responding to the announcement that Auckland councillor Penny Webster is Local Government NZ's review to find more ways of taxing ratepayers,Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:

“Ms Webster says that more money is needed for infrastructure, but Auckland Council’s spending blowouts are on operational expenditure such as staff and operations. If Auckland Council needs more money, maybe it should be reviewing whether all of the 811 staff earning more than $100,000 are really necessary.”

"Any alteration to the way local authorities levy taxes ought to be a public discussion, not one lead by publicly funded lobbyists, LGNZ."

“Instead of promoting the interests of ratepayers, we’ve found LGNZ to be more interested in shielding the sector from scrutiny. It is outrageous that New Zealand ratepayers are paying for an organised campaign to increase the tax burden of local government.”

ENDS

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