Len’s Auckland taxes

After having failed to get the residents of Oamaru, Christchurch, Wellington and Napier to pay for Auckland’s , has proposed half a dozen new taxes as possible ways to pay for the loop.

The proposed taxes include:

  • Regional income – new income paid only by Aucklanders.
  • Regional payroll tax – new income tax paid by Auckland employers.
  • Regional GST – raising GST in Auckland.
  • Regional fuel tax – raising petrol and diesel taxes across Auckland.
  • Visitor taxes – nightly charge for hotel and motel rooms.
How novel to have a Mayor who is a member of the Labour Party propose to increase GST (in Auckland). I don’t recall that one being in the manifesto in 2010.

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