Lenny’s plans in tatters

NZ Herald

The other day Len Brown told us of his plans to fund his rail loop, by increasing taxes and putting tolls in place along with congestion charges…those plans are now in tatters.

Does this mean Len Brown’s 10 year plan is a fraud?

At least we can now save that $1.1 million that Lenny was going top spend on “consensus building“:

There will be no tolls or a regional petrol tax to pay for Auckland’s $2.86 billion city rail link, Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee says.

Mr Brownlee yesterday made the strongest statement yet by the Government to shoot down plans by Auckland Mayor Len Brown to introduce tolls to raise funds for his pet rail project.

This followed a council decision hours earlier to establish a “consensus building group” costing $1.1 million to focus on tolls and higher parking charges while keeping in mind other options, such as tourism charges.

The group, under the guidance of environmentalist and political activist Guy Salmon, will, among other things dine together monthly to “build relationships”.

But before the group has met to find a consensus to sell to the Government, Mr Brownlee has ruled out two of the main options – tolls and a regional petrol tax.

The minister said it was ridiculous for the Auckland Council to think it could use taxpayer-funded roads to raise its own funds.

Next thing the minister will be calling the Mayor a clown.

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