Fuel tax re­fuses to die

Central Leader - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - JAMES PASLEY

There are re­newed calls to fund Auck­land trans­port in­fras­truc­ture through a re­gional fuel tax.

Cli­mate change group Gen­er­a­tion Zero is cam­paign­ing for an Auck­land-wide fuel tax to con­trib­ute to­wards the pro­jected $7 bil­lion needed to fund Auck­land trans­port in­fras­truc­ture over the next decade.

Auck­land Mayor Phil Goff, who ad­vo­cated for a re­gional fuel tax ear­lier in the year, said it would pro­vide an ef­fec­tive, cheap and easy an­swer to Auck­land’s rev­enue needs for in­fras­truc­ture.

A re­gional fuel tax could be ap­plied to petrol and diesel sold within Auck­land.

In Fe­bru­ary the Gov­ern­ment ruled out the tax for Auck­land.

Gen­er­a­tion Zero said work un­der­taken in 2009 by the Gov­ern­ment showed that a 1 per cent petrol tax rise across the Auck­land re­gion would raise $12 mil­lion a year, and with a tax rise of 7 cents per litre $84 mil­lion could be raised every year.

Gen­er­a­tion Zero spokesper­son Leroy Beck­ett said the Gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion was not bind­ing, and there was no rea­son why it couldn’t be im­ple­mented.

’’It’s an op­tion for Auck­land to fund it­self that we don’t have at the mo­ment,’’ he said.

More user-pay sys­tems were needed and Auck­land Coun­cil and the gov­ern­ment were in­ves­ti­gat­ing road pric­ing, Goff said.

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