Rate cut as coun­cil plan gets fi­nalised

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A rates in­crease of 4.9 per cent for 2012/13 was set by Greater Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil last week when it fi­nalised its Long Term Plan.

Fol­low­ing the re­ceipt of more than 1300 pub­lic sub­mis­sions and three days of hear­ings, the re­gional coun­cil de­cided to re­duce its pro­posed rates in­crease from 5.7 per cent.

This de­ci­sion will see a re­gional rates in­crease for an av­er­age Porirua City ratepayer of $1 a year. This is based on an av­er­age prop­erty value of $ 381,000 in Porirua. Ac­tual in­creases will be de­ter­mined by the val­ues of in­di­vid­ual prop­er­ties.

This com­pares with an av­er­age re­gion-wide in­crease in rates in­come for the 2012/13 year of $13.30 for res­i­den­tial ratepay­ers and $ 22 across all ratepay­ers in the re­gion.

Porirua-spe­cific projects out­lined in the Long Term Plan in­clude:

An ex­tra $ 60,000 to im­prove Porirua Har­bour.

Up­grades to re­gional parks’ recre­ational fa­cil­i­ties and re­view of farm­ing in Whi­tireia Re­gional Park.

In­creases to the re­gional pos­sum preda­tor control pro­gramme to ex­pand it to high value ar­eas around Porirua, Kapiti and Welling­ton.

Projects to im­prove wa­ter sup­ply re­silience and ca­pac­ity.

The Long Term Plan out­lines con­tin­ued sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment in pub­lic trans­port and flood pro­tec­tion, as well as pro­grammes in­tended 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 net­work-wide elec­tronic ticket for use on all buses and trains in the Metlink pub­lic trans­port net­work.

‘‘The coun­cil put up for pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion what we be­lieved was a re­al­is­tic fig­ure, given our long term com­mit­ments to im­prove rail and food de­fences,’’ said coun­cil chair­woman Fran Wilde.

The Long Term Plan can be viewed and down­loaded from Greater Welling­ton’s web­site, gw.govt.nz.

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