Organisers say the increases represent a broken promise from Mayor Len Brown, who campaigned on holding rates to 2.5 per cent. Photo / Natalie Slade

Organisers say the increases represent a broken promise from Mayor Len Brown, who campaigned on holding rates to 2.5 per cent. Photo / Natalie Slade

Today’s face of the day is Auckland Mayor Len Brown who may end up better known for breaking his promises to rate payers than being caught with his pants down in the Ngati Whatua room.

 

…The meeting follows a decision by Auckland Council to raise rates by 6.9 per cent from next month, although new valuations and a plan to lower business rates means the average household rates increase is 9.9 per cent.

The 6.9 per cent rates increase comprises a 2.5 per cent general rates rise and a 4.4 per cent targeted rate to top up spending on transport.

Factors, including the revaluations and completing the move to a single rating system for the Super City, will lead to average household rates increases above and below the 9.9 per cent figure.

In the Albert-Eden Local Board area, where tonight’s meeting is being held, the average household rates increase is 14.9 per cent.

One of the meeting organisers, Dick Cuthbert, said he was concerned about rising rates, saying they were well above inflation, unfair for people on fixed and low incomes and represented a broken promise by Mayor Len Brown, who campaigned on holding rates to 2.5 per cent.

– NZ Herald