Regional Council Rate Rise

Regional Council proposes 2.2% rates

increase for next year

4th February 2010

The Greater Wellington Regional Council will be consulting with the public on a proposal to increase its income from rates and levies by just over 2% for the 2010/11 financial year.

The proposed increase is an average across all properties in the region.

So some residents would pay more or less than this amount, depending on targeted rates for work such as flood management schemes or transport, as well as changes in local property valuations.

Rise of between $248 and $8.25 per house

Based on 2009/10 information, the proposal would increase average rates by between $2.48 and $8.25 (including GST) per property, per year, depending on the property’s location.

All Greater Wellington’s rates across the region — and the water levy that is charged to Upper Hutt, Hutt, Porirua and Wellington cities — add up to a figure of 1.7%.

The proposed increase in overall rates revenue, without the water levy being included, is 2.2% across the region. No increase in the Council’s water levy is proposed for 2010/11.

The 2.2% increase in the property rate is significantly less than the 10.9% increase signalled in Greater Wellington’s 2010/11 Long Term Council Community Plan (LTCCP).

“Council has been very prudent in examining the costs of all of its activities,” Council Chair Fran Wilde says.

“Obviously an increase of nearly 11% in the current economic climate was unacceptable, even though the bulk of that increase was for improvements to Council services, especially public transport,” she says.

She adds: “The Council still plans to deliver those major public transport improvements, as well as better flood protection to affected communities, but we have tightened up spending in other areas and focused on being as efficient as possible.”

The proposed rates and levies are part of Greater Wellington’s Proposed Annual Plan for 2010/11.

The public consultation period for this runs from 23 March to 23 April 2010 and

the Council will consider the whole of the Annual Plan at its meeting on Thursday 4 March 2010.

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