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RATE DE­BATE

Rate bills around Hamil­ton could be in for a change as coun­cil­lors work out how to bring in enough money to bal­ance the books. Tar­geted rates for cer­tain parts of the city are an op­tion, as is putting new­com­ers straight on to a cap­i­tal-value rat­ing sys­tem. Both are just ideas at the mo­ment, chief ex­ec­u­tive Richard Briggs said - no de­ci­sions have been made.

FREE PARK­ING BE­GINS

Free park­ing is com­ing to the cen­tral city. So don’t feed the me­ter if you’re park­ing in town next week - un­less you stay for more than two hours. The city coun­cil’s new park­ing plan starts with the month of Oc­to­ber and makes the first two hours of on­street park­ing free. After that, though, each ex­tra hour will cost $6, which you can pay at the park­ing me­ter. The park­ing plan is a nine-month trial and coun­cil­lors will de­cide whether it con­tin­ues in June 2018.

NEWCAREER

A long in­nings is com­ing to an end for Jeff Free­man. The Knighton Nor­mal School prin­ci­pal is re­tir­ing at the end of this school ter­mafter 43 years in ed­u­ca­tion. Free­man traded the schoolyard for the cricket pitch, act­ing as pres­i­dent of North­ern Dis­tricts Cricket and a direc­tor on the Grass­roots Trust Board.

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