Mis­lead­ing plan?

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

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

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