Plan pro­poses rates in­crease

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS -

The draft 10-year plan of the re­gional coun­cil is propos­ing a re­gional rates in­crease in the 2012/ 13 year for Porirua ratepay­ers of an av­er­age $17 a year.

This in­crease is based on an av­er­age prop­erty value of $ 379,000 in Porirua City. Ac­tual in­creases will be de­ter­mined by val­ues of in­di­vid­ual prop­er­ties.

This com­pares with an av­er­age re­gion-wide pro­posed in­crease in rates in­come of $16.60 a year for res­i­den­tial ratepay­ers and $25 across all ratepay­ers in the re­gion. The pro­posed re­gional rates in­crease to­tals 5.7 per cent and com­prises three com­po­nents:

On­go­ing re­gional coun­cil ser­vices, which in­cludes most of our cur­rent ac­tiv­i­ties ( 1.33 per cent/$ 6 across re­gion).

Com­mit­ments made in pre­vi­ous years for longterm pro­grammes, such as the de­liv­ery of Matangi trains and flood pro­tec­tion work (2.6 per cent/$11).

Pro­posed new ser­vice im­prove­ments. ( 1.74 per cent/$8).

Porirua City- spe­cific projects out­lined in the draft plan in­clude:

An ex­tra $ 60,000

to im­prove Porirua Har­bour.

Up­grades to re­gional parks’ re­cre­ational fa­cil­i­ties and re­view of farm­ing in Whi­tireia Re­gional Park, man­age­ment of ar­eas bor­der­ing Bel­mont Re­gional Park on be­half of lo­cal coun­cils.

Projects to im­prove water sup­ply re­silience and ca­pac­ity for the four cities (Porirua, Up­per Hutt, Hutt and Welling­ton).

The draft plan main­tains sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment in public trans­port and flood pro­tec­tion, as well as pro­grammes to im­prove the re­gion’s en­vi­ron­ment and boost eco­nomic growth.

In public trans­port, key projects in­clude con­tin­u­ing to roll out the Matangi trains and mod­ernise the rest of the trains and the rail net­work, up­grad­ing park and ride fa­cil­i­ties, and in­tro­duc­ing a net­work­wide elec­tronic ticket for use on all buses and trains in the Metlink public trans­port net­work.

A copy of the draft 10- year- plan can be down­loaded from Greater Welling­ton’s web­site, gw.govt.nz/long-term-plan.

Public con­sul­ta­tion be­gins later this month.

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