Ridicu­lous rates rises

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

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

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