Len Brown has become the lying Mayor.
Another of his election promises has gone by the wayside as his council keeps on increasing rates rather than reining in spending.
Auckland Council’s budget committee has voted 16-7 for a proposal to increase rates by 3.5 per cent for each year of a new 10-year budget.
The proposal got the backing of Mayor Len Brown, who promised voters to hold rates at 2.5 per cent this term.
This is on top of the massive rates rises of the last 3 years, some way more than 10% but capped under now expired legislation. Remember too that this is average rates rises of 3.5%, there will be some with even higher rates rises.
These are the tax, spend and hope councillors.
For a 3.5 per cent increase: Len Brown, Penny Webster, Arthur Anae, Cathy Casey, Bill Cashmore, Ross Clow, Linda Cooper, Chris Darby, Alf Filipaina, Penny Hulse, Mike Lee, Calum Penrose, John Walker, Wayne Walker and Maori Statutory Board members David Taipari and John Tamihere.