Are targeted rates Phil Goff’s new way to hide from rates promises?

Phil Goff made a promise at the last local body elections that he wouldn’t increase rates beyond 2.5%.

However it appears that he is using what are euphemistically called “targeted rates” in order to scalp Auckland rate payers even more.

He’s already proposed the so-called Pillow Tax which is in reality a targeted rate against accommodation suppliers.

Now it appears he is rolling out more targeted rates. This is from the Rodney local board plan document that turned up in letter boxes over the weekend.  

One of our proposed key initiatives is to investigate a local targeted rate to pay for transport projects, and progress pending the results of this investigation. Local targeted rates are one of the means available to us to increase our local revenue sources.

Page 15 has this:

I bet voters never expected a local board where two of the members, including the chairperson, are closely associated with the Act party, advocating for increased rates. Beth Houlbrooke and Phelan Pirrie are both supporting targeted rates.

I bet their constituents never suspected that voting for them would result in increased rates.

Phil Goff, of course, is ecstatic and is telling anyone who will listen that he has support for these targeted rates.

This is his way of sneaking around his pledges and promises.

If voters don’t kick up a stink then welcome to the new way for Phil Goff and his tame councillors and board members to pick your pockets harder.

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