Some Auckland councillors think that abstaining from a vote means they didn’t make one and can’t be blamed for the consequences.
That’s so dumb its incomprehensible.
It’s like saying the dog ate one’s homework.
Not voting – abstaining – is still supporting the Mayor. It just comes with a bit of posturing. The result will still be a win for the Mayor’s budget.
And being scared by Stephen Town into believing that there will be dire financial consequences?
That’s even dumber.
Several Auckland councillors are expected to abstain from a budget vote this week to avoid plunging the Super City into a financial crisis.
Mayor Len Brown looks set to pass his new 10-year, $60 billion budget with less than half the votes of his council at Thursday’s governing body meeting.
He will get there after councillors were told the consequences of not passing the budget by chief executive Stephen Town and chief finance officer Sue Tindall over lunch last Thursday.
Councillors attending the lunch said the consequences were dire. Read more »