Rachel Shadbolt: Proposed rates hike 'will be a burden on businesses'

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Rosie Gordon ,
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Monday, 20 March 2017, 7:05PM
Auckland's accommodation sector is worried at the potential impact of a proposed rates hike, which could put some motels out of business. (NZH)

Auckland's accommodation sector is worried at the potential impact of a proposed rates hike, which could put some motels out of business.

LISTEN ABOVE: Larry Williams talks to Hospitality Association General manager, Rachel Shadbolt, about the proposal.

Mayor Phil Goff wants to raise 27.8 million dollars a year from accommodation providers, using a targeted rate.

Hospitality Association General manager Rachael Shadbolt told Larry Williams the cost would hamper new hotel developments, and strip the profit out of motels.

She said the idea is a burden on businesses, instead of tourists.

"We are definitely opposed to this particular proposal, which is a targeted rate on capital value and actually goes no where near the visitor."

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