Hast­ings rates set to rise

Hawke's Bay Today - - LOCAL NEWS - By An­drew Ash­ton

Prop­erty own­ers in Hast­ings can ex­pect to start pay­ing a lit­tle more for coun­cil ser­vices, af­ter Hast­ings District Coun­cil ap­proved an av­er­age rate rise of 5.8 per cent.

Prop­erty rates for the 2018/19 fi­nan­cial year have now been adopted by the coun­cil, fol­low­ing com­ple­tion of its of the Long Term Plan (LTP) process.

The av­er­age rate in­crease will be 5.8 per cent, how­ever the changes to in­di­vid­ual prop­erty rates vary de­pend­ing on area (urban; ru­ral; com­mer­cial) and which ser­vices are con­nected to the prop­erty.

Hast­ings Mayor San­dra Ha­zle­hurst said coun­cil­lors had put a great deal of ef­fort into find­ing the bal­ance be­tween de­liv­er­ing projects and man­ag­ing a re­spon­si­ble bud­get.

“We lis­tened to the com­mu­nity’s views and heard more than 1200 pub­lic sub­mis­sions.

“Our sub­stan­tial in­vest­ment in vastly im­prov­ing our drink­ing water in­fra­struc­ture, while keep­ing the rate in­crease to 5.8 per cent is very pleas­ing.

“We also have a num­ber of very ex­cit­ing projects go­ing ahead across our district, in­clud­ing in our parks and re­serves, and in our cen­tral city.

“We are very con­scious of keep­ing rates af­ford­able for our res­i­dents, while pro­vid­ing for our com­mu­nity’s as­pi­ra­tions and giv­ing at­ten­tion to the re­quire­ments needed to run our very suc­cess­ful district.

“I am very pleased that we have been able to strike a bal­ance that re­alises all of these pri­or­i­ties.”

The new water strat­egy had the largest im­pact on the final bud­get. The cost of drink­ing water im­prove­ments ac­counts for al­most 3.3 per cent of the av­er­age 5.8 per cent rate rise.

“A great deal of plan­ning has gone into the best, most ef­fec­tive way to carry out the im­prove­ments; both prac­ti­cally and fi­nan­cially. The bulk of the cost is spread over three years which is the op­ti­mum pe­riod that will al­low us to get all of this work done. It also as­sists fi­nan­cially by spread­ing the cost.”

As part of the LTP process, the coun­cil was also able to pro­vide sup­port for a num­ber of very worth­while com­mu­nity projects, she said.

Those in­clude in­stalling a half­bas­ket­ball court in Wil­liam Nel­son Park, and pro­vid­ing fund­ing for the Palm­brook Care Group, surf life sav­ing, the Rau­reka Com­mu­nity hub; Keirunga Gar­dens art com­plex, Knowl­edge Bank, and the Guthrie-Smith Trust, which runs the Guthrie Smith Ar­bore­tum and Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre.

Coun­cil staff pro­vided ex­am­ples of the im­pact of rates on typ­i­cal prop­er­ties, not­ing that the rate is based on land val­ues.

For a Hast­ings urban home con­nected to the pub­lic water sup­ply on a sec­tion with a land value of $175,000, the 2018/19 an­nual rate will rise by $151 ($2408).

For a medium size farm (land value $2.6m), the an­nual rate will rise by $237 ($7777).

Prop­erty own­ers can find their prop­erty’s 2018/19 an­nual rate by en­ter­ing the ad­dress on Coun­cil’s web­site: www.hast­ingsdc.govt.nz/ ser­vices/ prop­er­ties- and- rates/ rates

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Hast­ings Mayor San­dra Ha­zle­hurst says a lot of ef­fort has gone into find­ing the bal­ance be­tween de­liv­er­ing projects and man­ag­ing a re­spon­si­ble bud­get.

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