Coming Soon... Simon Bridges is bringing in more Toll Roads.
He'll give us just enough information about it so that he can lie convincingly.
It's been a while and a lot has happened since September last year both in the news and at home.
I start the year with look at Len Brown and his continuing ramp up of Auckland Rate payments.
With the Auckland housing marketing on the boil and house values skyrocketing by an average of about $10,000 per month, Len has a sneaky little plan to make a grab for Home owner money based on the increase in the house value. Of course this is just one big excuse to basically reach into the home owners pocket and take some more cash and from this he can buy his wee central city rail link… which no one wants or needs.
The worst things for Aucklanders about this scam is:
1) There's almost no way to avoid it
2) The increase in expense could be up tp 40% depending on where you live
3) The Tax is based on house value and does not take into account that the earnings of the rate payer has not increased.
Len Brown and the Council Gravy Train Riders are showing themselves as arrogant once again.
Lucky we have people we can support such as Penny Bright who is fighting for transparency in Local Council spending.
Good luck for the year.
How's this for a great incentive to give your 2014 vote to National. A proposed $500 Million pool of cash put aside and returned to taxpayers! Tax break time - yeah!
Now that looks like a deliciously sweet little carrot jingling in front of us right?... wrong!
When you break down the numbers it works out that the average NZ wage earner would receive $1.30 back in their hand a day!
Is this supposed to be an election bribe? Pretty feeble attempt if so.
Most Kiwi's have already voiced there opinions saying that this small amount would not make a difference to their day to day living and expenses and this money would be better spent where it is needed, on Education, Health. Basically, this offer is an irresponsible way to waste government funds as the recent surplus was only wafer thin and with NZ's overseas debt swiftly closing in on $100 Billion.
But there's more - it won't happen until 2017 and even then nothing is promised - if the economy isn't rocking in 3 years then this carrot goes straight in the trash.
Nice try National - but we ain't biting.
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