Ridiculous rates rises
Why are Aotea residents surprised?
Anyone moving to or already living in Porirua should know we have rates rises consistently above every inflation/cost of living marker used in New Zealand.
Last year 85 per cent were happy to continue with massive rates rises (70 per cent didn’t vote, and 20 per cent voted for the status quo), so ratepayers and tenants must be happy to pay $100 each for Porirua marketing, including more than $50 for the Gigatown promotion.
And $50 a year for councillors and managers to visit overseas sister cities. And more than $200 a year to fund council’s buy-up of land and buildings.
The No 1 council justification for these rates rises is that we are a growing city.
Growth requires infrastructure upgrades, which this council, instead of having the courage to levy on land sellers and developers before new developments are approved and houses built, defers and defers, and then finally, when failure is imminent, announces abovebudget expenditure for often bandaid solutions.
Again, the bar will be set too low for the Plimmerton North development, so ratepayers can expect rates increases to upgrade infrastrucuture that should have been billed up front to the land owners and developers.
With the continued development of Aotea and Whitby, new Plimmerton North, City