For those who don’t have the time or inclination to read the draft long term plan, our council was kind enough to take out a fourpage spread in Kapi-mana News on April 3. Under the heading ‘‘Rates’’ council said it had agreed to cap rate increases for the next three years at no more than the CPI (2.7 per cent) and the impact of growth in the rating base (0.5 per cent). Why then do the tables in the same article, and in the LTP, show that the actual projected rates income increase will be 3.7 per cent and the impact on the average ratepayer 3.2 per cent? Why does the second paragraph state rate increases for year 2 and 3 will be 2.9 per cent and 3 per cent respectively when the table shows the opposite?
Why does the note in the table state that growth will build from 0.5 per cent in years 1-3 to 1 per cent from year 6, but the table actually shows it changing from 0.5 per cent to 1 per cent in year 4? What are we to believe? It is clear that people in council have no comprehension of the meaning