Len Brown: 13 options to increase your tax

Len Brown is releasing a paper today on ways to fund his pet project, the rail loop.

Here are the proposed options:

  • General rates – increasing rates.
  • Targeted rates – rates to pay for specific projects.
  • Development contributions – charges on new property developments.
  • Regional income tax – new income tax paid only by Aucklanders.
  • Regional payroll tax – new income tax paid by Auckland employers.
  • Regional GST – raising GST in Auckland.
  • Tax increment financing – tax on increase in property values from transport services.
  • Regional fuel tax – raising petrol and diesel taxes across Auckland.
  • Tolling new roads – charging for new roads.
  • Tolling existing roads – charging on all roads or just congested roads.
  • Carparking charges – increasing carparking fees.
  • Visitor taxes – nightly charge for hotel and motel rooms.
  • Airport departure tax – increasing departure tax on international flights.

Every single one of them is about increasing taxation and spending even more than his profligate council already does. Len Brown says that “there are those in government that would be reasonably amenable” to increasing taxes on Auckland’s population….I challenge Len Brown to name three.

There is not a single option for reducing our rates, or reducing council expenditure in other areas and there is not a single option fo0r charging existing customers of public transport increased fares for the allegedly superior service hey would enjoy from Len’s train set. Another option would be to reduce transport subsidies on fares and re-direct that into his pet projects.

It is a classic case of picking the pockets of other people to funds socialist pipe dreams. Len Brown is trying to box the government into a corner, what will happen is he will get his ears boxed.

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