Beachies Facing Huge Bills

Waikawa rates may soar by $1500 under draft 20-year plan

By our Horowhenua correspondent, Veronica Harrod

Residents of Waikawa Beach have been told their rates could increase by $1500 annually if Horowhenua District Council proceeds with a scheme to provide water and waste water essential infrastructure.

Historically, septic tanks and a combination of bore water and water tanks have provided for each dwelling.

The potentially unsustainable rates rise has been included in the February 2018 issue of the Waikawa Beach Ratepayers Association (WBRA) newsletter.

Waikawa Beach — idyllic, but facing big rates bills

The newsletter encourages locals to taken part in the 2018-2038 Long Term Plan consultations beginning after February 19.

Horowhenua Cr Christine Mitchell

Cr Mitchell warns of huge rises

The newsletter says:  “Councillor Christine Mitchell talked about this notion and advised it could add a minimum of $1500 per year to our rates.

“It’s a complicated issue, though, and we all need to think about it and make our views known — to us on the Committee and direct to the Council.”

However, in a council press release issued on January 8 this year Chief Executive Clapperton was forced to admit there is a water supply problem.

This followed almost three months of water restrictions to all towns connected to the existing water infrastructure because of the drought.