Aucklanders were sold the Super-Sized City on the basis of promised "efficiencies" and putative cost savings. With the arrival in their letter boxes this week of their rates bills, Aucklanders will for the first time see for themselves how effective these "cost savings" have been.
Fact is, there have been no savings. The costs have all been the other way.
For some Aucklanders, their rates increase will be more than ten percent—and with the promises doled out in the Super-Sized Council's super-sized Ten Year Plan, it's clear this will be a year-on-year increase.
Ten percent this year.
Ten percent next year.
Ten percent the year after, and every year thereafter for the foreseeable future...
For this disaster, there are several people to thank:
- Mayor Brown for having an ego the size of the super-sized city, with plans to match.
- Rodney Hide, for pushing through the farce.
- John Key, for making him.
Aucklanders should vent their rage in whatever way they can.
If Auckland is ever to be an affordable city, one place to start is with the size of their rates bill. A simple fact of which those responsible for this super-sized debacle are still wholly ignorant.