Auckland supercity to cost residents more

And look what is happening in Auckland’s newly merged “mega-council”.

You guessed it – rates are rising. And by a whopping 6.5%.

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The Auckland supercity is going to cost residents more..

At a Council meeting last night it emerged that there will be a 6.5% increase in rates.

Yup, it appears that the efficiency argument for amalgamations is crap.

The Herald reports:

The average Auckland family will have to find an extra $200 a year from July to pay for Mayor Len Brown’s latest budget plan.

Mr Brown sprang a surprise on councillors yesterday by announcing a special “transport levy” that equates to an extra 4 per cent on rates from July. The levy is $99 for households and $159 for businesses.

It is on top of an overall rates increase of 2.5 per cent, which is down from the previous figure of 3.5 per cent.

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