Recently I asked for the compounding rate increase for residential property over the last five years from the city council´s CFO. My records from 1 July 2003 to 30 June to 2004 show my rates at $1275.69. They are now $2204.52.
That’s close enough to 73 percent and I pay for my own rubbish. The figure I was given by the CFO was 45 percent.
Actually the rate increase is closer to 6.5 percent to the residents if you take into account the swimming pool improvements proposed as an option in the DAP (Draft Annual Plan.) The total rate increase including the commercial and residential sector is quoted as 2.8 percent but when the sectors are broken down the commercial is zero and the residential is 6 percent or 6.5 percent depending on the final fix in the DAP.
At this week's Strategy and Policy Meeting for the LTCCP (Long Term Council Community Plan) Councillors voted on setting of the rates.The following is a list of how Councillors voted to continue to switch the commercial rates onto the residents' rates bill.
The differential movement was halted during the election year as it was considered to be politically contentious. It has now been recomended that it move once again, this time from from 4.2 to 3.8 . This movement will have to be added to the residential rate increase. The impact will be felt by all renters and rataepayers throughout the city.
oday, in the closing stage of the Draft Annual Plan, Jack Ruben and Bryan Pepperell moved an amendment to stop switching the rates from business onto the residents' rates bill. Those voting for the Ruben / Pepperell amendment were:
This is a Council on the run from its own policies and is about to have cardiac arrest. The Deputy Mayor, with his handful of votes that got him elected to Council, senses that CPR might be needed to a Council that is in its death throes now gasping for life with the possibility of an eight percent rate increase to the residents and a two percent increase to the commercial sector.
Above action from the WRFU Women’s Gala Day held at the Petone Rec on Saturday. More photos here MORNING EDITION: The sixth round of the Wellington club rugby competition this coming Saturday features the famous McBain Shield between Hutt Old Boys Marist and Petone. The two sides have been playing for the ‘McBain’ since 1934...