A message from the Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance

Dear Supporter,

You only have until 8pm Wednesday to have your say on Auckland Council’s plans to:

  1. ‘Standardise’ rubbish collection services across the region – including moving from a weekly to fortnightly general rubbish collection and removing the right of ratepayers to opt out of paying for the Council’s kerbside service.Incredibly, the Council’s financial forecasts show that new system is going to cost moredespite the decreased (fortnightly) service.  The draft plan also removes the choice for those who don’t currently use (or opt-out of) the Council’s services.
  2. Break Phil Goff’s election promise to limit annual rate hikes to 2.5% (once you add on all the extra taxes and ‘targeted rates’ the proposed rates hike next year is equivalent to 6.2%).
  3. Introduce a 11.5cent/L regional fuel tax which, according to the AA, will cost the average household $135 per year – much more than Len Brown’s ‘transport levy’. For larger families, or ones who commute from outer suburbs, the amount is likely to be even greater.

The plans suggest that Mr Goff isn’t even trying to deliver on his pre-election promise to find annual efficiencies of 3-6% at the Council. Instead of saving money, Council will “solve” Auckland’s problems by finding more and more creative ways to reach into our pockets.

We say Council’s first priority should be to cut waste in existing expenditure, and use that money to fund better infrastructure.

We have made it easy to fight back

We have made it easy for you to make a submission right now on any (or all) of the issues above.

–> Click here to submit on the proposed Auckland-wide waste management system which will see refuse collection halved for most Aucklanders.

–> Click here to submit on the Council’s failure to tackle wasteful spending and the plan to break pre-election promises on rates.

–> Click here to submit against the proposed regional fuel tax.

Every submission counts in sending a message to Councillors that they need to provide value for money to ratepayers, and deliver on the Mayor’s promise of doing more with less.

Thank you for your support.

Jordan Williams

Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance


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