Radio NZ Spells Out What the Long Term Plan Actually Meant UPDATED

We have ups and downs and not all evenly distributed

Note: I have filed a formal complaint to the Herald today over Bernard Orsman’s misleading article published today. If the complaint is not dealt to satisfactory it will warrant a Press Council complaint. The Herald have responded to my complaint in a satisfactory manner. As a result I will not proceed to the Press Council.

Todd Niall Spells It Out

Todd Niall from Radio NZ spelled out today what the Long Term Plan means to Auckland as a whole.

From Radio NZ:

ANALYSIS – Auckland rates rise – who wins, who loses

Updated at 6:25 am today Todd Niall, Auckland Correspondent – Todd.Niall@radionz.co.nz

The shrieking headlines and political rhetoric paint the rates rises facing Aucklanders as a hurricane, preparing to flatten all before it.

But a closer look reveals it as a Midwest twister, devastating those in its path, but leaving others unscathed and counting their blessings.

The uneven rise in property prices across Auckland turns the easily-described 9.9 percent average residential rates increase into a complicated formula where more than a fifth of household rates will fall, while others will rise by more than 40 percent.

Let’s take a closer look at what will happen to residential rates in the city’s 21 Local Board areas. Or at least those with the biggest increases, or decreases (yes, decreases!) so that you get the picture.

Proportionately, the greatest pain will be felt in the poorer southern board Mangere-Otahuhu. There, average rates including the $114 transport levy, will rise by 16.9 percent.

In Kaptaiki on the western side of the North Shore, 16.1 percent Whau in the inner west 15.7 percent, and in Maugakiekie-Tamaki and central Albert-Eden, 14.9 percent.

But even then, it’s not that simple. In hardest hit Mangere-Otahuhu, rates will fall for nearly 20 percent of households. In Kapatiki, there’ll be reductions for fewer than 1 percent. In Whau, the third hardest hit board, 2.7 percent will enjoy rates reductions.

At the other end of the scale, residents on the edge of town will be keeping a sheepish silence about their next rates bills.

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On the mainland, nearly half of those living in residential properties in Rodney will see their rates fall, and 40 percent in the southern Franklin board.

73 percent of residents in Papakura will pay less, or face single-figure rises, and on the Hibiscus Coast 17.5 percent will enjoy a lighter rates burden.

Lest you think this is trying to tell a good news story, there are also some real shockers.

……..In short – if you’re an Auckland ratepayer, and you find there is a nasty surprise when you open your rates bill in August, take heart.

Across town, someone else will be weeping tears of relief.

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Source: http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/regional/277324/auckland-rates-rise-who-wins,-who-loses

Compared to what the Herald has produced (or not) Todd has clearly spelled out the complex situation to which the Rates movements have fallen.

Again I stress only 25-33% of those eligible for Rates Remissions have applied. We need to assist those who are eligible for the Remissions GET the Remissions. They are not much in some respects but every little bit helps if we get all 100% eligible onto the scheme.

I do wish though the Transport Levy was separated out from the Long Term Plan vote itself on Thursday. We might have found more general support for it like from Councillor Chris Fletcher than what happened on Thursday.

The Budget does get reviewed again in part next year when the next Annual Plan is up. There might be some changes then before we hit the elections at the end of 2016.