Len Brown needs more money.
He’s got the rate payers to a point where they are no longer willing to put up with his ridiculous rates rises. So now he has to fiddle around the edges by introducing parking charges in all suburbs of Auckland. And… rejigging the water charges, starting with new connections.
The [Auckland] council-owned Watercare Services this week announced it would charge an additional $2300 for each new home or apartment connecting to its network.
Housing Minister Nick Smith said the move was not helpful at a time when there was a focus on trying to make housing more affordable.
Watercare’s move takes to $12,075 the fee it will charge for new connections. It is lower than the fee charged by some councils, but the company said it still covered only 30 percent of the cost of new infrastructure.
Dr Smith said work underway by his ministry and Treasury is looking at the charging practices of network companies which service new housing areas, including water and electricity and phone networks.
He said at present, the legislation governing Watercare Services meant it was outside the reach of local government law changes, bringing in new checks on how much can be charged for new developments. Read more »