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March 31, 2012

Auckland Council rethinks hike in dog fees

.......Auckland deputy mayor Penny Hulse said the council has got nothing to hide. "We could probably give you all the contracts, all the information on all the dog control contracts we've got."

However, the council later declined to provide that information, citing "commercial sensitivity".

It blames changes former Act leader Rodney Hide made as local government minister for having to hike registration fees.

"Rodney simply went through and chose the cheapest fees from one of the smallest councils, it was irrelevant to the actual cost of running the services. We're now charged with making sure that we have one fee across the region," said Hulse.

Bob Kerridge from the SPCA believes their Auckland team do twice as much on half the council's budget - $6 million.  MORE>>

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