The push back against ratbag councillors begins

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I said it would come, and so it has come to pass.

Those councillors who voted for Len Brown’s massive rates hikes are now being targeted directly by the Auckland Ratepayers Alliance.

The Ratepayers’ Alliance has today launched a “These Councillors are Rubbish” campaign exposing two of the “Terrible Ten” Auckland Councillors who allowed Len Brown to hike rates by 9.9% last year, and are failing to prevent changes to local waste services which will see some households pay twice as much for domestic waste collection.

In the next 72 hours 72,000 leaflets will be distributed in Rodney and Albany targeting Councillors Penny Webster and Wayne Walker, their voting record, and their apparent support for a new waste regime which will see their constituents pay much more for waste.

Ratepayers’ Alliance Spokesperson, Jo Holmes, says “This is the first step of our campaign to name and shame those who have supported Len Brown’s high rates, high debt agenda.”  

“Penny Webster, who Len Brown appointed as chair of the Council’s Finance and Performance Committee, has allowed the Council to effectively max out the credit card and risk a credit downgrade which would see ratepayers, who can ill afford it, pay even more.”

“Councillor Wayne Walker is just as bad. He stood on a platform of ‘fair rates’ and a rates cap. In fact, Cr Walker voted for Len Brown’s 9.9% rates hike.”

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“In these particular leaflets we’ve highlighted the waste issue, as we believe it is an area with the local ward councillors have really let down the communities they are supposed to serve. They have allowed Auckland Council to force upon Rodney and Albany a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach which will end up costing households much more.”

“Work by the Ratepayers’ Alliance shows the Council’s new waste regime will cost Rodney and Albany ratepayers far more, despite Councillors Webster and Walker trying to convince voters that it will be “efficient”.”

Council documents show that householders in:

  • the former North Shore City will pay 64% more;
  • the former Rodney District will pay 46% more; and
  • the former Waitakere City will pay 107% more.

Ms Holmes says, “Those North of the Harbour Bridge have generally had lower costs for household waste disposal than the rest of Auckland thanks to a private competitive market. What the Council wants to do is take over the market and force out the competition by subsiding Council operations with rates income. It’s the ultimate in Council empire building which, even according to the Council’s analysis, will cost households much more.”

“There is still time for the Council to stop these expensive changes. That however is going to require a change in tune from the sitting councillors, or a clean sweep of the “Terrible Ten” at this year’s election.”

“Voters won’t forget who these Terrible Ten are – we won’t be letting them.”

This could well be the largest ever third party campaign against ratbag politicians. It’s pleasing to see.

We should be binning all these ratbags.

 

– Auckland Ratepayers Alliance

 


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  • Quinton Hogg

    I don’t see Cathy Casey there.

    does it mean i have to vote for her? aargh!

    • sheppy

      Didn’t she support all Lennys stuff initially until it became obvious just how unpopular it would be once the little people discovered just how much extra money would be stolen from them. Presumably she wants a chance of retaining her place at the trough

  • Dave

    Karma – people power, the lesson of listening to the public they are SUPPOSED to represent, and not the socialist agenda of Len and his cohort of lefties.

  • Win

    These leaflets will be good for darts practice.

  • Hailstormers

    Deal to them swiftly, a size 13 should do. They are everywhere and in most councils like the troughing ratbags in Hawkes Bay.

  • XCIA

    For my money, they are all tarred with the same brush. No one who served on this council will be getting the tick from me.

  • -D

    Auckland Ratepayers Alliance merits everyone’s financial support.

    They have the bit between their teeth. May they drive home the point.

  • goodwitheu

    Can everyone please spare a thought for us in Masterton- we deal with the exact same BS!

  • PhantomsDoc

    Council workers down here are very upset that Lianne has run again and it looks like she’s going to be unopposed. According to them she’s been ineffectual at the best.

    I know a few that are looking back at Tony Marryatt and saying he was a very good CEO who made a couple of fatal errors:
    1/ The insurance bungle
    2/ Not coming back from Aussie immediately after the EQ. That was the one that had people out after his blood.

    They do say thought, that as a CEO, he was the best this council had and it ran well under him. Having seen the council now I believe them.

  • Kevin

    “Ms Holmes says, “Those North of the Harbour Bridge have generally had lower costs for household waste disposal than the rest of Auckland thanks to a private competitive market. What the Council wants to do is take over the market and force out the competition by subsiding Council operations with rates income. It’s the ultimate in Council empire building which, even according to the Council’s analysis, will cost households much more.””

    Reminds me of the post on WO about how Socialism is really all about making those in power rich.

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