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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.

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