Regional Rates Increase Excessive

May 25, 2018

Kāpiti's mayor has slammed a proposal to hike rates in the district by 14 per cent, saying

communication between local councils has broken down, and many residents would struggle to meet the increase.

 

Greater Wellington Regional Council has proposed a 6.7 per cent average rates increase across the region in 2018-19, but Kāpiti Coast Mayor K Gurunathan says this amounted to 14.1 percent for his district's residents.

 

Speaking to regional councilors yesterday he also accused Greater Wellington of not

communicating with his council to ensure the issue was properly discussed.

 

Kāpiti Coast District Council said in its written submission on the policy that the rates increase was "excessive and unacceptable".

 

According to 2013 Census data, the median household income in Kāpiti was $53,400, compared to $74,300 in the Wellington region and $63,800 across the country.

 

Regional council chairman Chris Laidlaw says Mr Gurunathan was not out of place in criticising the council's process.

 

He accepts that he has to take responsibility for it.

 

He says the policy would be finalised by mid-June and it was possible Kāpiti's rates increase would not be as high as 14 per cent.

 

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