More rates rises under Brown

I hope all those people out there who voted for Len Brown are enjoying their never-ending rates rises in conjunction with user charges. The Night Mayor has quietly announced that the next round of rates rises will be just under 4%.

Auckland Mayor Len Brown is expecting an overall rates increase of “well below 4 per cent” when he tables the first cut of next year’s budget on Thursday.

The figures now show a rates increase of 5.3 per cent, based on the work scheduled in the long-term plan, but Mr Brown is confident of bringing this down with “rats and mice service reductions” rather than any big bang measures, such as the proposal to close Snells Beach and Grey Lynn libraries.

Lyin’ Len Brown should be reminded every day by proper journalists that he promised to keep rate rises to the rate of inflation. Well the CPI  at the moment is 0.8%, so any talk of rates rises of near 4 % is just having a Len-d of ratepayers.

Let’s get this straight rates are a tax. Show me a government that lasts when year on year they increase taxes without any discernible improvement in services.

When will we have local body politicians with the gumption to promise and actually deliver rates decreases across the board with a corresponding slashing of wasteful troughers and their projects.

The super city was supposed to deliver savings and so far len Brown has delivered nothing more than rates increases.

It is fast getting to the point where rates need to be abandoned and a poll tax brought in along with uniform user charges, so that huge households using vast quantities of water and sewerage services pay for the privilege.

Even the tosser of C&R, whatever the hell that stands for these days are talking about rates rises…albeit smaller ones. It is bullshit and it has to stop.

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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.  And 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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.