AUCK­LAND VIS­I­TOR TAX FLOATED

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Auck­land Mayor Phil Goff says he will freeze rate rises and in­tro­duce a vis­i­tor levy. The vis­i­tor levy could raise up to $30 mil­lion - tak­ing the bur­den off ratepay­ers and fund­ing mar­ket­ing to at­tract Auck­land vis­i­tors and sup­port­ing ma­jor events, Goff claims. Goff wants Auck­land coun­cil­lors to con­sider peg­ging Auck­lan­der’s an­nual rate rise to 2.5 per cent while ac­com­mo­da­tion providers must col­lect a vis­i­tor levy. He also pro­poses a liv­ing wage for coun­cil em­ploy­ees and an ad­di­tional $500,000 to­wards co­or­di­nat­ing work to sup­port home­less Auck­lan­ders. Sig­nif­i­cant work was also un­der­way at Auck­land Coun­cil to find ef­fi­cien­cies across the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

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