Non-Aucklanders may want to stop laughing now as Goff comes after your money

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It is official: Phil Goff has told an audience of 100 people that Auckland is officially out of money, and it is unable to borrow any more.  Len Brown has painted the city into a corner.

Mayoral candidates Vic Crone, Phil Goff, John Palino and Mark Thomas squared off at a debate in South Auckland [last night].

More than 100 people turned out at the Acacia Cove Retirement Village in Wattle Downs to hear the candidates answer a set of questions before the floor was opened up to general questions.

The candidates each set out their number one priority if elected mayor.

Goff said he would work with central government to raise $20 billion to meet infrastructure costs, saying this could be done through infrastructure bonds.

It could not be done out of rates because that would cripple people, and the council had reached its debt limit.

So, Phil is going to “work with central government” to raise $20b. One thing is for sure, once you involve central government, that’s not money that is going to just come out of the Auckland ratepayers’ pockets.

Those of you who have been laughing at Len and Auckland thinking it wasn’t your problem: that knock on the door is Reality, and you can’t refuse it entry.



– Bernard Orsman, NZ Herald

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