Rates will pun­ish

Central Leader - - OPINION -

As your lo­cal elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives in the Al­bertE­den-Roskill area, we are con­cerned that you face the high­est rates in­creases next year.

In Al­bert-Eden, over 13,000 house­holds are pro­jected to re­ceive rates in­creases of more than 10 per cent.

In Puke­ta­papa the num­ber is over 6000. Many will face in­creases of over 20 per cent.

The rea­sons are var­ied and in­clude the hang­over from merg­ing seven dif­fer­ent rat­ing sys­tems, on­go­ing re­duc­tions in the business dif­fer­en­tial and big in­creases in res­i­den­tial val­u­a­tions in our area.

What­ever the rea­son, it is un­ac­cept­able that res­i­dents in Al­bert-Eden-Roskill have to carry such a load, par­tic­u­larly when other com­mu­ni­ties and the business sec­tor are re­ceiv­ing rates de­creases.

As your rep­re­sen­ta­tives, we have ar­gued for a more bal­anced ap­proach.

No house­hold should face in­creases of over 10 per cent in any one year, par­tic­u­larly after years of large in­creases.

We have ad­vo­cated for a 10 per cent ‘‘rates cap’’ on your be­half.

We were ex­tremely dis­ap­pointed that a re­cent meet­ing of the gov­ern­ing body nar­rowly voted this pro­posal down.

We will keep fight­ing for a fair level of in­vest­ment in our com­mu­ni­ties — and for a rates cap to limit un­sus­tain­able in­creases for our lo­cal house­holds.

In early 2015 the com­mu­nity will have an op­por­tu­nity make sub­mis­sions to the long term plan in favour of a rates cap.

We strongly en­cour­age all lo­cal res­i­dents to speak up.

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