Auckland Mayor Len Brown pushes Poll tax as distraction mechanism

via Newstalk ZB

via Newstalk ZB

3 News report

“Local government rates are generally speaking pretty complex, and I defy anyone to try and explain them,” [Mayor Len] Brown said on Firstline this morning.

“The first thing you need in a good taxation system is simplicity. Secondly, you really need fairness and you need a reasonable link to your ability to pay.”

Len Brown calling for fairness and simplicity.

Mr Brown says the council over the next six to 12 months will take a look at the alternatives, and hopes to spark a debate on the issue.

“I think there’s a general view on local government in New Zealand? that we have a real genuine assessment of the options and the alternatives out there, whether or not it’s some link to GST, or some link to some type of income tax arrangement.”

Last year rates went up an average of 2.9 percent, about three times higher than inflation.

Hopes to spark debate.

We had the Spark debate when Telecom announced its new name.

We are still having a debate about Len Brown’s integrity, infidelity and trustworthiness

The distractions aren’t going to work Len.

Step down Len Brown.