Mark Thomas - New Mayor for Auckland

Making Hard Choices

The new Local Government Minister’s New Year’s message to councils out today in the Local Government Magazine is that “hard choices need to be made about which services to provide into the future and which are becoming untenable”. I agree.

It comes as we learn that inflation dropped to a 17 year low of 0.1% in 2015 while rates rose by 6.2% across NZ and of course by an average 9.9% in Auckland.

Of course growth pressures are driving some of council’s cost increases, but I want a more honest discussion with the community about what our priorities really are – and what we need to forgo or defer.

This is why Affordability is the number one issue for my mayoral campaign.

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