Len Brown breaks his promise

NZ Herald

Before the local body election Len Brown promised Aucklanders that he would keep rates increases to the rate of inflation. He has been called on ti before, but this week Aucklanders are going to find out that Len Brown thinks the rate of inflation averages 8.1%…in a recession.

More than a quarter of a million Auckland households are in for a shock when rates bills averaging an 8.1 per cent increase arrive in letterboxes from this week.

On Thursday, North Shore, Waitakere and Rodney households and businesses will be the first to feel the impact of a single rating system for the Super City under which some rates will go up and others will go down.

The rest of Auckland will receive the bills next week.

Mayor Len Brown describes the merging of the eight former councils’ rating systems into one as “a very difficult situation”.

Council figures show the new system will give 256,000 households an 8.1 per cent average rates increase, and 187,000 households an average 4.9 per cent decrease.

Len Brown is desperately trying to blame the government for mandating a single rates calculation for all Aucklanders, but the simple fact is he has booked up millions in wasteful spending promises and has decided to rape the pockets of ratepayers to pay for it.

If the average increase is 8.1% then there are much much higher rates increases out there. There will be a back lash. Inflation is at or near zero in this economy, it is untenable for Len Brown to justify such massive increases.

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