Auckland Council hopes to save their jobs by signing off on 2.4% rates rise

The Auckland Councillors have voted in yet another rates increase.

They are hoping that with this smaller increase that people will forget their massive increases over the last six years.

Aucklanders will pay an average 2.4 percent more in rates next year.

Auckland Council’s annual plan means household rates will rise by 2.6 percent and business rates by 1.7 percent.

Much of today’s council debate centred on a management proposal to cash-up as much as two-thirds of a $330 million investment fund over the next two years, if needed.

Auckland Mayor Len Brown describes this year’s record low rate rise as a “steady as she goes” effort.  

Mr Brown, who is not seeking re-election after two terms, calls it a balancing act.

“What we have tried to do is address that very fine balance of financial prudence, but at the same time investing in the deficit and the infrastructure investment that has blighted this city for decades, and in particular transport.”

The council’s finance general manager Matthew Walker said the fund was inherited on amalgamation and was made up largely of shares which he described as potentially volatile.

Councillor Cathy Casey described the asset sale as the start of the rot of sell-offs.

The council voted to continue an unchanged interim transport levy of $114 per household, and left the flat-charge portion of rates at $394.

They never stop raping our pockets.

There is only one mayoral candidate what is promising rates reductions. All other would support a rates increase of this size.

Ratepayers in Auckland have clear choices come October.

 

– RadioNZ

 

 


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  • InnerCityDweller

    Compounding over the last three years for us, we’ve seen just over 55% increases. So, 2.4% increase “on average” will likely whack us for another 7-10%. I’m not one to wish my life away, but October can’t come soon enough

    • localnews

      That’s right it is actually 2.4% plus rates on the increase in value of your property. I think you are about right that it is 7-10%

      • biscuit barrel

        The property rises are uneven, that rates rise is 2.4% if increases were equal across city which they arent. Some rural and coastal properties have stayed put, St heliers values have hardly increased much while Ponsonby Herne bay have rockeded

  • Amazing how they try to sound like they are doing you a favor with a “record low” rates rise, when the rise is four times the rate of inflation.

    • biscuit barrel

      Wrong inflation rate, thats the household one which covers, food, petrol, insurance etc.

      • It also covers transport and housing and is the only one that matters to rate payers. I fail to see how other inflation measures, such as growth in the money supply, could have any relevance to Auckland Council

  • Gladwin

    We need to remember the people who voted for the 9.9% rates rise. Too late now to save their jobs. Remember also that the increase was part of a plan & now they varied it. Where will the revenue loss come from? More excessive borrowing?

    Auckland is paying for excessive spending by a socialist local government. Around the world this is their hallmark.

    I can’t help feeling that intervention by central government can’t be too far away

    • OneTrack

      I hope intervention by the central government is not far away. Breaking the city apart again would be a good start.

  • Keanne Lawrence

    Now that has a true Labour ring to it ” investing in the deficit and the infrastructure investment that has blighted this city for decades, and in particular transport.” This as he heads towards the second of term where he has ignored these critical areas but has to blame somebody else. A Red ribbon day for Lefty Loose Len.

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