Rates levy floated

Central Leader - - NEWS -

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.

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