Ratepayers are going to get whacked with a bill for up to $750 just for the transition costs, and that’s 30% higher than for the Royal Commission’s plan. Note well ratepayers in Manukau, Waitakere and North Shore: this will come on top of increases in water rates of $700 for the average family.
So as well as having to cop a flawed, undemocratic super city model without consultation, the poor old ratepayer is going to have to pick up the tab. Rodney Hide, a.k.a. the Little Emperor, said in the House that the transition costs would be miniscule compared to the savings he predicts will arise from the super city. Well Rodney, on your ministerial salary a hit of $750 might be miniscule but its not for most ratepayers.
Of course these are not the ‘official’ numbers, but these are the only ones that have been crunched on Rodney’s proposal. So they will have to stand as being the numbers for debate as being the minimum average rates increase somewhen in the next year.
If Rodney wants to dispute these values, then I’d suggest he gets off his lazy acre and produces some numbers – with the workings so we can see what we’re up for. This would help the consultation that he is so keenly avoiding with Aucklanders.
In the meantime I believe that the long filibuster is due to go to another day. Keep up the good work.