Tax Proposed for Christchurch Cycle Tracks

February 27, 2013 New Zealand Taxation

DSCN6634Christchurch could soon see the construction of a city-spanning cycle network, but will be paying a new tax for the convenience.

In a meeting of the Christchurch city councilors on February 26th the Mayor of the city Bob Parker proposed that approval be given to the idea of enacting a NZD 20 levy on all Christchurch residents to fund the construction of a city-wide network of cycle tracks.

According to the Mayor, if the members of the Christchurch council are truly dedicated to promoting active travel and cycling in the city, as they say they are, the city needs to “…put its money where its mouth is”.

The proposed cycle tracks will cover the majority of the city and will allow riders too reach most major destination in the city.

If approved, the tracks will cost approximately NZD 70 million to build, and may take three years to finish.

The plan to build the cycle ways and to levy a NZD 20 charge on council rates will be open to public consultation in the near future, even if ti is approved by the city council.

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