DOG FRIENDS - AUCKLAND REGION & RODNEY - MAY 2012 NEWS
BACKDOWN BY COUNCIL ON PROPOSED OUTRAGEOUS DOG REGISTRATION FEE
You have probably heard by now that the outrageous increases, originally proposed by Auckland
Council for this year's fees, have been dropped. Huge thanks to Councillor Cathy Casey who proposed
“To retain the current dog fees and charges with a CPI increase.”
She said: “We need to go back to the drawing board on this. I think we should roll over the
current rates plus a CPI increase for the next 12 months as an act of good faith and then consult
with responsible dog owners about services that we intend to provide, their cost and a fair cost
sharing ratio between dog owners and council.”
Click on the link below to listen to Cathy Casey as she put the case for dog owners so well at last
Thursday's Council meeting:
Cathy’s amendment was passed by Council with only North Shore’s George Wood against.
Staff admitted at the meeting that $1.1 million of revenue had been omitted from the original
calculations. Councillors asked many questions before the vote including a question about why
a whopping $1.8 million of Council overheads appeared to have been arbitrarily added to the Animal
Control Budget. It appeared, by the time of the vote, that many Councillors felt that they should
definitely support Cathy's amendment to allow time to ensure that Council "get it right" next year.
Thank you to Angela Anderson who started the “Stand up Auckland Dog Owners” Facebook group to
fight the original proposals, to all members of that group and our own Dog Friends members for
supporting the campaign and spreading the word far and wide. It was a real team effort and without
every one of you success would not have been possible.
Till next time.....
Dog Friends - Auckland Region & Rodney
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