It has taken mayor Brown four years to get to the point of proposing Aucklanders pay yet more to fix our transport system ( Auckland City Harbour News, November 5).
And he does this one week before key decisions start to be made on the next 10 year’s budget.
This budget also currently proposes massive cuts in walkways, parks, community centres and other key local projects that over 4000 of you told us this earlier this year you wanted progressed as part of the next three year Orakei Local Board Plan.
Why haven’t we spent the last year discussing and debating how best to fix these issues – in particular, transport?
The Government has flatly ruled out the mayor’s heroic proposal to introduce nationwide fuel taxes, so we are left with the motorway tax option.
But these issues are complex and the international experience is mixed. Yet after four years as mayor, he will provide Aucklanders with around four weeks in February/March next year to provide input – while also asking what you