Business North Harbour acknowledges the Mayor’s announcement today that it is Auckland Council’s intent to resume the reduction of business’s share of general rates to 32.4% from 1 July 2018 – 30 June 2019 financial year.
By Council’s own reckoning, the fair and equitable share of general rates that businesses should pay is 25.8%. Even with today’s announcement this leaves a considerable gap before business’s contribution to the rates pool is aligned with council’s own goal. However Business North Harbour is satisfied that there have been no further delays to the commitment outlined in the Draft Auckland Budget 2018-28, to recommence the reduction of business’s inflated contribution by 0.01% per year until the goal of 25.8% is reached.
Business North Harbour sought in their submissions over the past two years for the realignment of business’s share of the general rates collection. On behalf of their 4,500 business and commercial property owners, located within the North Harbour business district, Business North Harbour will continue to advocate to minimise increased operational costs for their members.
Business North Harbour’s general manager, Janine Brinsdon says, “We absolutely recognise that business must pay its fair share and we acknowledge Council’s recommencement of the business differential reduction across general rates, working towards 25.8%. However, we would strongly urge Council to reconsider the timeframe, which is currently set to run until 2037/38. Reducing business’s share of general rates from 32.4% to 25.8% over 19 years simply isn’t acceptable. Council needs to reach its own definition of ‘fair’ over a much tighter timescale.”
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