Cabinet to decide on levy within fortnight

Phil Twyford
Phil Twyford
Cabinet will decided whether to approve a Queenstown visitor accommodation levy within the next couple of weeks.

In a statement, Minister for Urban Development Phil Twyford said Cabinet would consider the Queenstown Lakes District Council's call for a visitor accommodation levy during its current sitting block.

"Officials will then develop policy options for how such a levy could be implemented," he said.

A referendum on the issue gained 81.17% support from Queenstown Lakes District residents and ratepayers this year.

After the provisional count, Mayor Jim Boult said the result "unequivocally" sent a "definitive message" from the community.

Mr Twyford said the Government was working closely with the council on a proposed 10-year sustainable growth plan, which would provide "much-needed infrastructure".

A spokeswoman for Mr Twyford said he could not give any more details on the plan until a decision had been made on the levy issue. - Mountain Scene


 

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