The NZ Taxpayers' Union has announced:
Over the last 18 months, we have received a lot of feedback from members and supporters that something needs to be done to hold the flame to Len Brown and auckland Council's culture of waste. We've been doing our best from here in Wellington, but the time has come for an Auckland-based group dedicated to holding the Super City to account.
This morning the Taxpayers' Union's newest initiative – the Auckland Ratepayers' Alliance publicly launched. The Ratepayers' Alliance will stand up against Auckland Council's wasteful spending, poor financial mismanagement, the proposed rates increases and the new taxes the Council wants to introduce. The group has very similar objectives to the Taxpayers' Union, albeit focused just at the Super City. You can read more about the group's plans at www.ratepayers.nz.
I encourage Aucklanders who want to reduce wasteful spending by the Auckland Council to join.
The ARA says:
Our purpose is to hold Auckland Council to account. With 130 spin-doctors the Council is very good at side-lining the concerns of neighbourhood ratepayer groups. By combining forces, this new group will shine the light on those wasting ratepayers' money.
If you're an Aucklander who like us is sick and tired of the Council wasting ratepayer money join us by clicking here.
Traditionally it's been the business and property groups that have stuck up for fiscal responsibility within Auckland's local government. Unfortunately most Auckland business groups are now heavily reliant on ratepayer money and find it difficult to bite the Council hand that feeds them.
Note that the ARA is not a party or a ticket. It will never stand candidates. It's job will be to fight wasteful spending and large rates increases, no matter who is running the Council.