This is what happens when you enrage ratepayers

The Ratepayers’ Alliance in Auckland has grown massively, and now has more members than the Labour party countrywide and National in Auckland.

The Ratepayers Alliance in Auckland is to start wielding its newly found political might.

It wants mayoral and councillor aspirants at the October elections to sign a pledge they will not vote for any measures increasing the total average burden of rates, levies and other compulsory charges, more than 2% a year.

It might be a tall order but, in a dose of political power-making, the alliance will reveal the candidates who have signed the pledge and those who haven’t shortly before the election campaign starts.

The alliance has the might to be a power broker from its 16,000 members, bigger than the Labour Party’s entire membership and the National Party’s Auckland membership base.

Aucklanders aren’t easily moved to take action on political issues but the alliance is belying that attitude with a surge in membership in the past few weeks after a leaflet campaign to 72,000 North Shore and Albany ward homes about additional waste charges for residents. The pamphlet also pointed out councillors Wayne Walker and Penny Webster voted for the 9.9% rates rise ratepayers are now forking out.   

According to the alliance, it is now the city’s most popular political group and gaining members rapidly.

The alliance has been active since it was launched last year, saying its dramatic growth is evidence that, regardless of political persuasion, ratepayers have had enough of Auckland Council’s wasted spending, high-rates, high-debt agenda.

“We have been overwhelmed with people wanting signs to put on their properties, to deliver pamphlets and generally spread the word.”

For too long ratepayers have been taken advantage of and now there is a lobby group that represents them.

I can’t wait for them to publish the signatories to their pledge.

When ratepayers become angry then sitting councillors should be nervous.

 

– NBR


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