Responding to Waikato Regional Council's preliminary decision
to cancel scheduled rate hikes in light of COVID-19, New Zealand Taxpayers' Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says:
"Waikato Regional Council should be applauded for its urgent action on behalf of ratepayers. Councils across the country
ought to observe this leadership."
"The Government is rightly focused on easing economic pressures on struggling households during the current crisis.
Local councils need to step up and do the same."
Waikato Regional Council is the first council to signal a rates freeze after the Taxpayers' Union wrote to every mayor and regional council chair
on Friday to call for such a move.
"Obviously, a rates freeze will mean an immediate loss of revenue for councils, but this is the reality faced by
businesses and families across the country. It's only fair that councils tighten their belts to reflect the new economic
reality: identify non-essential nice to haves and redirect that spending to higher priorities."
"Providing immediate assurance of a rates freeze is something councils can do right now to provide households with
certainty during this time of turmoil."
New Zealand Taxpayers' Union
New Zealand's grassroots campaign for lower taxes and less government waste
The New Zealand Taxpayers' Union is an independent activist group, dedicated to being the voice for Kiwi taxpayers in
the corridors of power. It's here to fight government waste and make sure New Zealanders get value for money from their
tax dollar. New Zealanders are invited to join and donate at http://taxpayers.org.nz