A reader emailed me and asked to post an Open Letter to Len Brown about the bushy berms and why he is protesting.
Firstly I’d like to start by saying I don’t like you. I can’t complain about you being mayor of Auckland as I didn’t vote in the last election and that’s my problem, I recognise you as the elected mayor and I actually blame myself for you becoming mayor. That doesn’t mean I have to like you as the mayor.
I’m writing to say why I am protesting about you ceasing to mow my berm and in turn I refuse to mow it myself.
In the last 2 years you have pushed my rates up by 20%, both years you have wanted to put my rates up by 14% but have generously *cough* capped them at 10% so its safe to say my rates will go up another 10% next year, 30% in 3 years, nice!
Now I discover through the media that you stopped mowing my berm in July, why didn’t you tell me this? Is it because I don’t like you? Surely we can be professional about this? And what is your reasoning? To save $13-18m per year. $18m divided by 500k houses is $36/year, not a patch on what you have been reaming me by with the rates increases! Read more »