Rates in­crease

Central Leader - - OPINION -

Ratepay­ers will be sur­prised on re­ceiv­ing their first 2015/16 rate in­voice from July 1, 2015.

While the over­all in­dica­tive rate in­crease is set to in­crease by 3.5 per cent av­er­age res­i­den­tial rates across the city will be 5.6 per cent. But not in the west. New Wind­sor, Avon­dale, New Lynn, Glen Eden, Hen­der­son, Massey and Hob­sonville will see in­creases be­tween 5 per cent to 23 per cent. New Lynn, Avon­dale and New Wind­sor are at the higher end at 15 per cent or more.

All due to the sig­nif­i­cant prop­erty reval­u­a­tion.

To check out your own per­sonal rate in­for­ma­tion go to the Auck­land Coun­cil rate cal­cu­la­tor for your prop­erty in­dica­tive rates.

The house­hold sum­mary in your mail box gives us all that feel good about Auck­land Coun­cil and what will be de­liv­ered over the next 10 years to you.

What it fails to say is the sig­nif­i­cant cost to ratepay­ers in de­liv­ery.

There is an ex­pec­ta­tion that on top of our rate in­creases we will agree to ei­ther a $2 mo­tor­way user charge or an ad­di­tional 1 per cent on rates to pay for the en­hanced trans­port net­work, both re­quir­ing Gov­ern­ment sup­port.

Fail­ing that the coun­cil could in­tro­duce a spe­cial tar­get rate to fund the trans­port net­work.

That could be up to $100 ex­tra per year.

Fur­ther­more the com­pound­ing fac­tor of rates at 4.5 per cent yearly over the life of the 10 year bud­get av­er­ages out a yearly rate in­crease of 6 per cent on res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties.

Please fill in the ‘‘Have your say on the fu­ture of Auck­land’’ sec­tion.

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