lobby the Government for an extra regional fuel tax? It makes no sense.
HCC should be advocating for our fair share of the taxes we currently pay and the increased tax brought in by the Ardern-peters Government.
To advocate for a regional fuel tax is to make Hamiltonians pay a third tax to try and obtain our regional priorities.
Even if such a regional tax was levied, it is expected to bring in around $10m per year, which is simply insufficient to even start funding Waikato’s major regional priority, the Cambridge to Piarere extension.
HCC should not be seeking to impose more taxes while at the same time allowing our current infrastructure spend to be gutted. Hamilton City and Waikato Regional ratepayers are already making a significant contribution to land transport funding.
The expressway extension represents a strong strategic investment in our region.
Private projects like the Ruakura Inland Port will rely on the state highway network to deliver economic and social benefits to our communities.
The truth is we do not need a regional fuel tax. We just need our share of the existing budget.
Not only do we have a Government that siphons money out of us to give to Auckland, our city leaders want to take the opportunity to squeeze a bit more out of us at the same time.
It would be great if our mayor would advocate for our current funding to continue rather than new taxes.