Mayor Curtis advocates rates rises

Sir Barry Curtis is continuing to advocate high rate increases.
Sir Barry told the council in a submission yesterday that Manukau would support any joint approach to the Government for additional funding tools, such as a regional petrol tax, in pursuit of "the 21st century transport system that Auckland deserves". 
But he said that if all else failed, the council should consider raising its regional rate higher than 4.9 per cent. Although not advocating a 17 per cent rise which the council says would be needed each year to close the funding gap, he produced figures indicating that a 12.5 per cent increase would cost his residents no more than about $9.50 to $36, depending on property values.
Don't forget that is on top of large rate increases from other city council's, particularly Hubbard's Auckland that is aiming for 11pc after 10pc last year – backed of course by Action Hobson.

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