Mayor of Hamilton

The mayor is the leader of the council. Their job is to promote a vision for the city and lead the development of the council’s plans, policies and budget. The mayor appoints the deputy mayor, establishes committees for particular topics, and appoints chairs for those committees. This is a single transferable vote (STV) election, so you vote by ranking the candidates on your ballot paper. Compare the candidates and their policies to decide who to vote for in the Hamilton City Council mayoral election.

Rates and revenue

The work of local government is funded mainly by property taxes in the local area, known as rates. This makes up around 60% of council expenditure, with the rest coming from user charges, investment income, regulatory fees and roading subsidies. Councils can also borrow money to spread the cost of large investments such as infrastructure over a longer period of time.

Rates and revenue

The work of local government is funded mainly by property taxes in the local area, known as rates. This makes up around 60% of council expenditure, with the rest coming from user charges, investment income, regulatory fees and roading subsidies. Councils can also borrow money to spread the cost of large investments such as infrastructure over a longer period of time.

  • Rates are for services like water and wastewater, rubbish disposal, upkeep of roads and parks. Balancing projects with keeping out of debt.

    I believe city hall should have an open book policy, being transparent. All meetings should include the public nothing hidden. Reduce debt.

    Financial management should be focused on collaboration and partnership, delivering cultural, environmental, social and economical outcomes.

  • Work along CEO to take a clean slate approach to how council operates, cutting costs by thinking outside the square.

    Ensure the council lives within its means so it is no longer borrowing money to pay for daily operation and keeping the lights on.

    Use the $56 million Municipal Endowment Fund to partner with developers and build more hotels and apartments. This is what the fund is for.

  • Reign in debt by stopping spending on vanity projects like the $36m bridge. Review planned major projects to determine whether needs/wants.

    Stop 100% remission of development contributions for six storey builds (50% for < six) in CBD. Ratepayers shouldn't subsidise developer profit.

    Conduct a top to bottom efficiency review of council services and operations to streamline activities while identifying any potential savings.

  • Balance affordability for ratepayers with the need to look after and support a growing city.

    Continue to explore and seek out funding partnerships with government, developers and investors to spread risk and opportunity.

    Continue our current plan to balance the books in 2024 but use debt wisely for intergenerational benefit.

  • Increase efficiency both Hamilton and Council wide, leading to lower costs both monetarily and environmentally.

    Put a stop to wastage. You can be left with more money in your pocket, instead of a silly pet project that adds no meaningful positive impact.

  • Rates are for services like water and wastewater, rubbish disposal, upkeep of roads and parks. Balancing projects with keeping out of debt.

    I believe city hall should have an open book policy, being transparent. All meetings should include the public nothing hidden. Reduce debt.

    Financial management should be focused on collaboration and partnership, delivering cultural, environmental, social and economical outcomes.

  • Work along CEO to take a clean slate approach to how council operates, cutting costs by thinking outside the square.

    Ensure the council lives within its means so it is no longer borrowing money to pay for daily operation and keeping the lights on.

    Use the $56 million Municipal Endowment Fund to partner with developers and build more hotels and apartments. This is what the fund is for.

  • Reign in debt by stopping spending on vanity projects like the $36m bridge. Review planned major projects to determine whether needs/wants.

    Stop 100% remission of development contributions for six storey builds (50% for < six) in CBD. Ratepayers shouldn't subsidise developer profit.

    Conduct a top to bottom efficiency review of council services and operations to streamline activities while identifying any potential savings.

  • Balance affordability for ratepayers with the need to look after and support a growing city.

    Continue to explore and seek out funding partnerships with government, developers and investors to spread risk and opportunity.

    Continue our current plan to balance the books in 2024 but use debt wisely for intergenerational benefit.

  • Increase efficiency both Hamilton and Council wide, leading to lower costs both monetarily and environmentally.

    Put a stop to wastage. You can be left with more money in your pocket, instead of a silly pet project that adds no meaningful positive impact.