How would you like a stealth tax with your unitary plan?

Len Brown Smack faceLen Brown is being castigated for his draft Unitary Plan, and rightly so.

He knows he is in trouble because now at every public meeting there is a small army of paid council officials handing out hastily prepared documents in an attempt to counter the opponents of the Unitary Plan.

One wonders though why the $30 million rate-payer funded spin doctors are even being deployed to defend the plan…I thought it was supposed to be a draft? Surely the process of public submissions is so people can voice their support or otherwise? Why the need to defend the plan?

Unless of course we were all supposed to meekly submit and prostrate before the Night Mayor for his luminary vision for Auckland.

Len Brown is also being very sneaky and furtive over some aspects of the Unitary Plan. Like his plans for stealth tax.

You have to look very carefully to find this, because you see it is not included anyway in the section of the Council website that deals with the Unitary Plan…instead it is hidden in a little traversed area called the Rural Urban Boundary, where there is a link to an Addendum to the Unitary Plan

Contained within that sneaky, hidden addendum is a stealth tax proposal that has had very little mention. It even has a sneaky little name.

The ‘Shared land value uplift’ is a capital gains tax without the capital gain.  Basically it would allow the Auckland Council to re-zone other people’s property, and then Auckland Council could then tax the property owner for a portion of the increased value of that re-zoned land.


Normally a capital gains tax is levied at the time that a property is sold and the capital gain is realised.  But under the ‘Shared land value uplift’ proposed by Len Brown’s Council, the property owner won’t get to sell the land first.  The tax could be applied immediately … no waiting for a land sale … no land development … no consideration as to whether the property owner has the disposable income to pay the mayoral invoice.



Don’t you just love how the council uses weasel words like ‘Shared land value uplift’ to describe what is essentially a tax on the increased value of your land as a result of council re-zoning?

When they say “shared” what the really mean is taxed and taken by the council to fund more loony projects. I note that there is no mention of a refund if your land values decrease as a result of council re-zoning.

This is a nasty spiteful little proposal that has been hidden away in an addendum that very few people would even read let alone understand. Len brown probably has plans to announce that the council received no feedback on the proposal and as such will implement it forthwith.

I don’t know what is worse…that Len Brown is trying to sneak through a stealth tax or that Amy Adams was considering in accepting Len’s Unitary plan as is.

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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.

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