August 21, 2019
Triple tax target in Tamihere transport plan
Auckland mayoral candidate John Tamihere has laid out an ambitious transport plan – and he wants central government to pay for it.
The plan includes a new harbour crossing for both road and rail, scrapping the proposed light rail down Dominion Road and redirecting the money to another 49 kilometres of rail extensions including to Auckland Airport, and finishing some stalled motorway projects.
He would also dump the Auckland region petrol tax.
"If you agree to what (Mayor Phil) Goff agreed to on the petrol tax, you have nowhere to go. I do not agree that Aucklanders should be discriminated against. I agree if every other city in New Zealand pays the same rate. I won't have Aucklanders triple taxed," Mr Tamihere says.
His plan picks up much of the planning for various road and rail options that has already been done, but puts the heat on central government to hand over some of the taxes Aucklanders pay so it can be invested in the super city's infrastructure.
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