Confusion over Auckland rates changes
Wed, 01 Aug 2012 7:00p.m.
Sometimes we feel the amalgamation of the eight councils that previously made up Auckland is something of an odd shift.
Its architect, Rodney Hide promised economies of scale such as:
That kind of rhetoric abounded.
From tomorrow, homes in the super city will receive their first rates bills under the new structure.
And as completely different rating systems are amalgamated into one, some ratepayers will see decreases, others increases.
And it gets even more confusing, because some people are now paying for water for the first time.
So their rates may be down, but they'll have extra charges they've never had before.
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28/09/2012 7:40:34 p.m.
Stan Kelly wrote:
time for Len Brown to emigrate! He got in on the socialist ticket but he's since proved to be a capitalist at heart. He convinced thousands of low income peeps that he was the right pick as opposed to JB but now those peeps have never had their low income under so much pressure in their lives. I forsee a boil over coming, when the pressure of living in Godzone gets so much that our normally timid and reserved demeanour will give way to the uproar. I can't wait! This country needs a good clean out and reboot. 4.5m people can't sustainably emulate the same financial structures of larger populations and expect the same results, we've got to find our own framework to suit our needs and the first thing we have to do is slow down the amount of profit heading off shore! Stop Len or any subsequent self serving idiot from grooming our PUBLIC utilities for sale to the Canadian retirement fund or any other cash buyer for that matter!!!
9/08/2012 3:59:48 p.m.
I've just received my rates bill and it is a whopping $688 more than last year (and that's stripping out wastewater charges AND another $180 that is over their so-called 10% cap). This is on top of the 4% increase we had for the last annual rates bill. Suffice to say I'm absolutely furious at this outrageous increase! This council is out of their mind if they think they can justify these kind of radical increases. I cannot see how I am benefiting by $688 p/a from this increase. The Auckland public need to rally against these unfair charges and stage a rates revolt!
2/08/2012 12:12:49 p.m.
Baby boomers have believed the lies and fantasies of our politiciaans for neigh on 40 years, from Rob Muldoons theft of a super fund, the state will look after you, to cheaper power, and a 4 day work week. Wheres it gotten us, the light at the end of the tunnel is a glow worm. I really hope Gen Y n X do better with theirs, though I doubt it cause their just puppets.
1/08/2012 9:14:04 p.m.
Kiwi's need to get smarter than trusting the likes of Rodney Hide who's claim to fame includes political tactics like "Dancing with the Stars". Local government is about local issues not "Big Brother" strategies driven from Wellington where "Big Business" has too much influence.
1/08/2012 8:56:39 p.m.
Shocking that people with tank water should be charged at all!!
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