Tuesday, 20 November 2018

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TCDC is not considering a fuel tax

Reprts on two media outlets yesterday, indicated that the Thames-Coromandel District Council was considering a fuel tax, along the lines that Auckland is planning to implement. This is not the case.

The reports in national media said TCDC was among 14 councils in New Zealand that have discussed the possibility of implementing a regional fuel tax.

TCDC is not considering doing this.

"A fuel tax is the kind of thing more suited to a metropolitan area - not a rural district like ours," says Mayor, Sandra Goudie. "We don't have any plans for a fuel tax, or to lobby for a Waikato regional fuel tax in three years when the legislation makes it possible," she says.

It turns out the stories in the national media were based on Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act (LGOIMA) requests. TCDC recieved one from the ACT Party in early May that asked if the council had discussed the possibility of introducing a regional fuel tax under legislation currently going through Parliament. 

The topic was discussed, but it was more than three years ago in a council workshop to prepare the 2015-2025 Long Term Plan, when the council had a different mayor - Glenn Leach. The idea was not incorporated into that Long Term Plan and has not been discussed since. 

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