Rate cut as council plan gets finalised
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.