Len says rates rise of just 2.9%, cop a load of 18.6% instead

Len Brown is a sneaky and furtive man, he has constantly claimed low rates rises, he claims also they are below th rate of inflation but uses some magically number to measure that.

The reality though for large chunks of Auckland is that they are getting rates increases at the maximum of 10% but in some cases far above that.

The council has promised to cap rates rises at 10 per cent, but some confused residents have seen their bills leap by almost twice that.

In the past year, Darren and Petra Priest have added an extension to their Flat Bush home that boosted its valuation by $100,000 to $690,000. The Auckland Council said this had made them ineligible for a transition adjustment.

But Mr Priest said this was not communicated to him, so it was a shock to get an increase of 18.6 per cent to his rates – especially because the council sent him a letter last year promising rates would never increase more than 10 per cent. 

Loopholes, sneaky, stealth rates…

It will get worse. The promise to cap rates was only for three years…and then the hammer is going to come down for a lot of people. By then though their rates will already have increased by a massive 30%.

Now consider what would happen to a government that year on year increased income tax by 10%…how long would they stay in government? Why do Aucklanders keep on tolerating this bullshit from Len Brown?

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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.

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