And look what is happening in Auckland’s newly merged “mega-council”.
You guessed it – rates are rising. And by a whopping 6.5%.
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.