Farrar on Mayor Goff

It seems I’m not the only one to notice that with Goff you just get another Len

“We need to do more than just finish the motorway network. We need to get on with the city rail link to double passenger capacity and deal with congestion at Britomart. We need light rail on the isthmus, in the East and out to the airport,” he said.

So he plans even more spending than Len. And how would he fund it?

But as far as he was concerned funding for that infrastructure would not come from asset sales, as two independent reports released last week suggested.

So he won’t free up capital to reinvest in more capital. That means borrowing for it, which means rates to go up to pay the interest.

However funding for major infrastructure could not come from rates, and he believed Aucklanders would see a change of heart from central government.

This is almost dishonest. It is the same thing Len Brown did. Promise all this spending, but just assume that the Government will pay for it. And when they don’t, well bang rates go up 10% (on average – often much more).

Almost dishonest.  Crikey.  Dave-o is ripping into Goff there.   Next he’ll say something is unwise, or courageous.  

Phil Goff is campaigning for taxpayers in Napier, Invercargill and Christchurch to fund his campaign promises for Auckland.

“If we go with a well presented case, and it’s central government that’s holding up what needs to happen in Auckland, then central government wears the opprobrium for doing that”

So Phil Goff’s plan is to win the Mayoralty and then campaign against the Government for not giving him taxpayer money to fund his promises.

Under his leadership the council would learn to do more with less, and rates increases would be brought under control, he said.

How? Can he give any concrete examples of where he would reduce spending?

He isn’t even trying.  It is clear that for him to succeed, he will need to spend even more money.  Money that council doesn’t have, money that he can’t get out of the ratepayers over and above continuous 10% rises.  Money that he can’t borrow as Auckland Council is already hard up against its limit.

New taxes in forms of tolls, licences and levies, and a constant whine set to 110% directed at Wellington for not giving Auckland its  ‘fair share’ of the central tax take.

Goff.  Just like Len, without the sleeping around.


– David Farrar, Kiwiblog

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