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Auckland To Become Unaffordable, Not More Liveable

Published: Thu 29 Mar 2012 02:18 PM
Auckland To Become Unaffordable, Not More Liveable
News that a majority of councillors voted not to include affordability in the context of costs imposed by council for the Auckland Plan will make Auckland unaffordable, said C Leader Christine Fletcher, and Cr Cameron Brewer, representing key independent councillors.
"The Mayor has set out a vision for Auckland as most liveable city - but his vision will actually hurt the ability of people, especially those on fixed incomes like the retired to stay in their homes. Already massive rates rises are coming, and future generations of Aucklanders will suffer too. When you add the prospect of higher regulatory fees, toll roads to pay for the Mayor's rail plans, and user-pays rubbish, it's going to get very expensive to live in Auckland," said Cr Brewer.
"We all agree that the Auckland Plan is a far-reaching, profound document for our city. But without the principle of affordability to help guide it, it sends a message that rates and fees will be massively hiked to pay for all the big ideas within. That's wrong - there are many people who simply can't afford big rises in rates and fees," said Cr Fletcher.
"C along with key independents proposed an amendment by way of addition that the Auckland Plan does have regard to affordability as a principle. It was defeated 12-9. City Vision, Labour and the left have embarked on a 30 year program of spending, but only providing a 10 year long term plan for budgeting", said Cr Fletcher.
"It is especially disappointing that Cr Penny Webster, the Chairman of Finance from Rodney District, has abandoned her duties to be fiscally responsible, and voted for this big spending plan without appropriate fiscal prudence. I guess it's easy for Len Brown to spend billions of dollars when he's got a Penny in his pocket", said Cr Fletcher.
ENDS

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