City ratepay­ers see sub­stan­tial rates in­crease

Hamilton Press - - FRONT PAGE - JO LINES-MACKENZIE

Hamil­ton ratepay­ers will face an aver­age rates hike of 9.7 per cent.

The Hamil­ton City Coun­cil con­sulted with ratepay­ers with a pro­posal of two years of 9.5 per cent but it was stripped back af­ter two days of in­tense de­lib­er­a­tion which ended on Fri­day night.

It re­sulted in rates be­ing in­creased to 9.7 per cent and then 3.8 per cent an­nu­ally af­ter that.

Those who voted against were An­gela O’Leary, Siggi Henry, and Paula South­gate.

When it came to de­cid­ing the cap­i­tal value rat­ing, mayor An­drew King de­clared his con­flict of in­ter­est due to his port­fo­lio of prop­er­ties.

King re­moved the may­oral chains - and deputy mayor Martin Gal­lagher then took over the meet­ing.

There will be a three-year tran­si­tion to full cap­i­tal value rat­ing, and a three-year tran­si­tion to a Uni­form An­nual Gen­eral Charge (UAGC) of $500. The UAGC is a fixed por­tion of rates and not an ad­di­tional charge.

The Plan will be au­dited and is sched­uled to be adopted on 28 June and takes ef­fect from July 1.

Paula South­gate wanted the in­crease split over two years.

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