The Taxpayers’ Union welcomes the call by Wellington City Councillor Fleur Fitzsimons
for a shift to land value based rates charges.
Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, "Local government leaders across the country should join in Fitzsimons’s call for
land-based rates. Councils across the country including Auckland, Hamilton, Christchurch, and Dunedin all rate property
by their capital values, effectively punishing landowners who efficiently develop their land. That's shameful when we
have a shortage of housing."
"Charging rates only on land value will encourage land owners to maximise the usefulness of their land, spurring
development and sorely-needed economic growth."
"Excluding improvements from the rating formula will also simplify valuations, ensuring fairer and more consistent rate
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