Posted on August 9, 2016
Newstalk ZB has covered my comments on Labour MP Phil Goff’s rates and spending promises which look like more of the same approach of the current Mayor.
He is promising the same 2.5% rates increase which Mayor Len Brown famously broke in 2014 with his 10 year Long Term Plan budget.
The Labour MP wants a regional petrol tax, infrastructure bonds, a congestion charge and a bigger Auckland share in the Government’s Infrastructure Fund. He controls none of these and while Auckland traffic congestion worsens he seems set to continue to battle the government as a defacto ‘Deputy Leader of the Opposition’.
Goff talks about bringing in “top executive” consultants to achieve the changes he wants. He risks being hostage to his consultants because he doesn’t understand Auckland Council’s business. Council currently spends $200M per year in consultants. My plan is to reduce this cost, not increase it.
Goff’s ‘hands-off’ fiscal plans won’t deliver “more from less”. Auckland needs a new mayor making more progress in the areas they control, and less preoccupied shadow-boxing.