Rates levy floated
An interim rates levy is being floated as a way of keeping Auckland traffic moving.
Mayor Len Brown’s report on the 2015-25 Long-Term Plan proposes that council seek government support for a motorway user charge to fund the additional $12 billion needed to deliver the full transport network.
But, if approved, the user charge won’t come into effect for a number of years.
In the meantime the mayor is proposing to fund immediate new investments of $500 million over the next three years through an interim fixed levy on ratepayers.
This levy was first signalled in the December 2014 draft Long Term Plan and it’s intended to meet urgent needs for investment in public transport.It has been calculated at an average of $99 a year for non-business ratepayers and $159 for business ratepayers.
‘‘Just to keep this city moving in the future we need to invest in an enhanced, fully integrated transport network, Brown says.
‘‘Aucklanders in record numbers have been clear that they are prepared to pay their share.