The Kapiti Coast District Council is proposing an average rates increase of 4.7% in their draft 20-year plan.
Kapiti Coast Mayor K Gurunathan says this is an average increase and individual ratepayers will be impacted differently.
He says the council has worked hard to keep rates down despite increasing costs. But as with last year’s rise, much of the proposed rates increase is needed for depreciation - including making up for years when money wasn’t set aside money aside to fund it - and inflation.
The council is inviting community feedback on how to distribute rates fairly across the district, and whether they should take a new approach to stormwater, given the impacts of flooding on the community.
Councillors and community board members will be out and about at scheduled ‘chat stops’ throughout the month-long consultation period from 23 March to 23 April.
The mayor says they are also keen to hear people’s views on other projects and plans for managing finances and infrastructure.
He says the people of Kāpiti want to build a stronger, more resilient community and this plan is the roadmap for how we’ll get there.