Media watch – Thursday

23 November 2017


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  1. I’m not sure how you can have rates reform without reducing council expenditure.

    If they just reduce rates that suggests moving to tax under a different name – like fuel tax.

    • High Flying Duck

       /  November 23, 2017

      I would assume she was referring to the method of determining the rates burden for each household.
      The current CV method is laughably inadequate and in need of overhaul. Especially in Auckland where values have moved so far.

    • NOEL

       /  November 23, 2017

      After CV was introduced I predicted in the first year my rates would rise just because of the change from LV to CV and was proved right.
      Next was a split in the uniform annual charge which was applied to every ratepayer hence the use of the word uniform, to an additional UAG that was CV rated.
      I would have thought with the many algorithms that today’s computers carry out they would have invented a template that allowed for a fairer method of obtaining local body income.

    • High Flying Duck

       /  November 23, 2017

      It’s all part of the Labour Pixie Dust Solution.
      Step 1 Add levies and fees; reduce everyone’s spending power & severely cut immigration
      Step 2 Pixie dust
      Step 3 Make everything more affordable and fill all the employment shorfalls in building and trades, teachers, police, nurses…

      The pixie dust solution is also being used to fix crime and prisons, mining, Pike River and refugees.

  2. A very good win 2-1

  3. phantom snowflake

     /  November 23, 2017

    Rachel Stewart vomits all over The Herald business page: “Fonterra and dairy industry spin makes me sick”

    • Blazer

       /  November 23, 2017

      she is completely right about the spin ..though.

      • phantom snowflake

         /  November 23, 2017

        True that. I’m not sure if she’ll ever find the redemption she seeks for her own past farming sins.