We are to talk Uniform Annual General Charge and the Transport Levy
Yesterday the Finance and Performance Committee resolved amongst other things to begin consultation of the Uniform Annual General Charge component of our Rates again. This is after we went through eight weeks of consultation that included the Uniform Annual General Charge as part of the Long Term Plan 2015-2025 debate.
49% of 27,000 submitters to the Long Term Plan earlier this year did say they want to keep the Uniform Annual General Charge at $385.
As the Agenda documents show 16 of the 21 Local Board areas benefit under a lower UAGC while five Local Board areas benefit from a higher UAGC as seen below:
From Bob Dey:
Council committee agrees consultation points on 4 rates issues – Maori land, rural, uniform charge & transport levyAuckland Council’s finance & performance committee agreed positions today on 4 issues to be taken to consultation as part of the annual plan process.
They are Maori land rates, a rural rates review, the uniform annual general charge and the structure of the interim transport levy.
The committee positions go to the mayor, Len Brown, for packaging with the rest of his annual plan proposals.
The rural rates review has potential complexity, and deputy mayor Penny Hulse recommended letting it lie so the council can have some rates stability. However, after a motion not to consult was defeated 10-9, a motion to consult was carried 11-8.
Most of the discussion on the uniform charge was about its merits as a rating tool rather than whether to consult. Eventually, the committee agreed to consult on a narrower band of levies than staff had presented – $350-600, rather than the 6 options from zero to $980 the staff had offered.
On the interim transport levy – imposed for the first time this year, with 2 more annual levies to go – the committee agreed 16-5 to a proposal from Cllr Ross Clow that the preferred option should be an increase in the business premises’ share of the levy from the 14.7% in the first round to the same business share of general rates – 32.7% in 2016 and 32.3% in 2017 – and that it be levied on the basis of property capital value rather than as a fixed charge.
The committee finished its meeting with a quick budget review report, no questions or discussion, report received.
I need not remind Councillors on how the Long Term Plan submitters spoke in regarding to Budget matters.
For a refresher read below:
The Finance and Performance Committee Agenda