Government officials tick off city over water bill plan

Government officials tick off city over water bill planAuckland City's policy of raising water bills so there is money for stormwater infrastructure has found no supporters among Government officials, Cabinet papers show. The council last year ordered its water company, Metrowater,… [Auckland News]

Bad news for Hubbard;

[quote]Cabinet papers, obtained by the Herald under the Official Information Act, show Government officials believe making water and wastewater consumers pay for stormwater investment does not meet "funding transparency principles".

"If territorial authorities wish to raise revenue for stormwater from their ratepayers, they should do so explicitly and transparently through a targeted rate earmarked for that purpose," the papers said.[/quote]

Mayor Dick Hubbard is promising voters at the elections to keep raising water bills to fund stormwater.

His main mayoral opponents, including John Banks and Alex Swney, and the City Vision ticket (despite having voted for them) have promised to stop using Metrowater as a "cash cow" for stormwater.