You have to wonder if it isn’t just easier to curl up in a corner and give up. ¬†The man is so determined to have his train set, he’s slashing and burning the budget to find money for it. ¬†And, he’s focused on getting the rest out of Auckland rater payers’ pockets by increasing the rates year upon year.
Auckland’s rates are set to rise 2.5 per cent this year and 2.5 per cent the following year, before eight straight years of 3.5 per cent rate increases, the council’s draft budget shows.
Mayor Len Brown handed down a proposal of the council’s long-term plan this morning.
It outlined $16.6 billion in new investment and a plan to cap rate rises between 2.5 per cent and 3.5 per cent.
Brown said the three things he was focused on were keeping rates low, managing debt and fixing public transport.
“This budget is all about transportation,” he told a media briefing.
“Its about building and funding a fully integrated transport system.”
One of the losers of the budget was the area of parks, community and lifestyle, which would see a 9 per cent funding reduction.
It’s all about one train set. ¬† His reputation is completely destroyed as it is. ¬†He’s running out of time. ¬†(He’s praying for a Green/Labour goverment). ¬† And all he can do is hold on for dear life to his legacy project. ¬†A train set that will service only 27 business areas for less than 20% of Auckland’s working population. ¬†And that is¬†if they can be persuaded to use the train.