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.
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