Sneaky and Furtive Rates Subterfuge

Len Brown’s sneaky and furtive mayoralty rolls onwards. Now he is being sneaky and furtive over the rates.

A better-than-expected 3.9 per cent rates rise for Aucklanders this year excludes an extra 1 per cent sting in the tail.

Council officers have deferred $400 million of capital works in this year’s budget which are “likely to increase the projected rates increase for 2012-2013 by 1 per cent”.

When campaigning Len Brown promised rates rises of no more than the rate of inflation. When he set the rates initially at 4.9% he copped a flogging. So now he has performed a sneaky and furtive sleight of hand, which is fast becoming the hallmark of his mayoralty.

He is now loudly proclaiming he has managed to reduce the rates burden but he has just actually, sneakily, deferred it.

It is a very strange decision by Len Brown who should have front loaded the pain so his re-election chances weren’t hurt by a big rates rises and being defined as sneaky and furtive.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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