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TCDC is not considering a fuel tax

Posted 22 June 2018 by Gold FM in Council Matters

Recent reports indicating Thames Coromandel District Council was considering a regional fuel tax, along the lines that Auckland is planning to implement, are not correct.

The reports said Thames Coromandel District Council was among 14 councils in New Zealand that have discussed the possibility of implementing a regional fuel tax.
Thames Coromandel District Council says they’re not considering doing this.

"A fuel tax is the kind of thing more suited to a metropolitan area - not a rural district like ours," Mayor Sandra Goudie said. "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." 

The stories were based on Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act (LGOIMA) requests. Thames Coromandel District Council received one from the ACT Party in early May that asked if their 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.