Goff disappointed at fuel tax rejection

Goff disappointed at fuel tax rejection

 Phil Goff

Phil Goff

Auckland mayor Phil Goff has expressed his disappointment at the government’s decision to rule out a regional fuel tax.

Auckland Council has talked about introducing a fuel tax to help sort out the city’s traffic congestion.

Goff says it is now up to the government to come back with alternative funding solutions.

“Aucklanders are fed up with sitting in their cars on the motorway for hours at a time. It’s lost time for them and lost productivity for the city.

“People want the government to work with council to find an agreed solution. In my view a regional fuel tax is a fair, effective and efficient way of helping close the current $400m a year gap in transport funding.”

However, not everyone is upset the regional fuel tax has been scrapped.

Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance spokesperson Jo Holmes says the organisation agrees with the move.

“We welcome this announcement because the council needs to find efficiencies and show that it can spend our money prudently before it digs even deeper into our pocket – whether that be through rates or other taxes Phil Goff is lobbying for.”

Finance minister Steven Joyce and transport minister Simon Bridges have ruled out the scheme because it would be “administratively difficult, prone to leakage and cost-spreading, and blur the accountabilities between central and local government”.

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