I am starting to get more than a few emails like this. I suspect there is going to be a massive rates revolt on Len Brown and those who enable him.
I just found out that Len Brown has pulled another fast one with respect to rates increases… On our North Shore Property, the forecast rates increase is from $2,415 to somewhere between $2,490 and $2,560 – so, worst case it’s a 6% increase…
HOWEVER the sting in the tail is that this will no longer include Wastewater charges! (these amounted to $515 this year, and will in future be invoiced separately by WaterCare Services Limited)
So – the true increase in rates is from $1,900 to $2,490-$2,560. A massive 35% increase!
I suspect that there are many hundreds of thousands of North Shore residents who are not aware of this, and will be thinking everything is peachy until their quarterly water bill arrives and is six times higher than normal. (nicely deflecting the ensuing outrage away from the council)
I’m thinking that the sunlight disinfectant might be required here… Not only is Len Brown hiking our rates by 30-35%, he’s selling it to us as only an average increase of 3.5% and failing to publicly mention that he’s cutting the service significantly as well.
(yes, I’m pissed off)