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.