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Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

The ar­ti­cle on the front page (Septem­ber 2) re­gard­ing the high rates in­creases for res­i­dents in Aotea has got me think­ing.

Why are our rates based on the value of our homes in­stead of the num­ber of peo­ple us­ing the util­i­ties and re­sources of the city?

My wife and I live in a mod­est house in the older part of Whitby. It’s just the two of us. Why should we pay the same rates as a neigh­bour­ing prop­erty of sim­i­lar value, which may be home to four in­di­vid­u­als?

Ar­guably that house­hold would use twice as much of the city’s re­sources – wa­ter, sew­er­age, light­ing, road­ing, waste, etc – as our house­hold?

There is a blan­ket as­sump­tion that if you have an ‘‘ex­pen­sive’’ home you must be able to af­ford more. How­ever, that isn’t true.

I have many friends and fam­ily who live in the Porirua City area in lovely homes. As they get older, their in­come po­ten­tial de­creases and they even­tu­ally re­tire.

Why should my re­tired par­ents be pay­ing more in rates than a house­hold down the road that, although it may have a lower prop­erty value, has more oc­cu­pants who are con­sum­ing con­sid­er­ably more of the city’s re­sources?

It doesn’t make sense.

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