Come hell or high water, Len Brown’s coming for more money

He’s amazingly stubborn our Len.  He’s come up with a new way not to make rates go up.  Invent a new one

Aucklanders could pay a new charge on top of rates to fund transport projects.

A “targeted rate” is one option being considered by an independent group looking at alternative funding measures to plug a $12 billion-plus transport funding gap over the next 30 years.

Evaluating road tolls and fuel-tax rises and traditional funding methods such as rate rises and targeted rates is the job of the group due to report to the council next month.

The Herald understands that the independent alternative transport funding group is leaning towards motorway tolls. It will also provide options for targeted rates and extra rates rises.

On Wednesday, Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee reiterated the Government’s pre-election position that there would be no regional fuel taxes or tolling of existing state highways in Auckland.

Auckland Council cannot introduce motorway tolls or a regional fuel tax without government approval.

Len needs $12 billion.  And he’s coming to get it come hell or high water.  Thank goodness he can’t introduce transport related taxes / levies / rates without government approval, otherwise you wouldn’t need an iPredict stock to tell you what would happen.  

Mayor Len Brown is determined to start the first stage of the rail project in 2016, a $250 million cut-and-cover section of the link from Britomart, under the downtown shopping centre and up much of Albert St.

He will have to draw on ratepayers’ pockets to get out of the starting blocks after the Government said it would not pay for half of the project until after 2020 unless tough rail patronage and employment growth targets were met.

And so it should be.   But that just means Auckland ratepayers are going to cop it before Len is allowed to come pick the pockets of everyone else in this country.

The man is obsessed.  And it’s all going to cost us for generations.

We seriously need to look at introducing recall provisions in local body politics.

In the mean time, let’s hope we can delay him enough so that he’s run out of office before he does any more damage.


– Bernard Orsman, NZ Herald

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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.