Re­gional Coun­cil sets sights on big rates rise

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Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil is propos­ing an av­er­age rates in­crease of 9.8 per cent for the av­er­age res­i­den­tial home in the 2015-16 fi­nan­cial year.

The large in­crease – about $38 per home – has been pro­posed to help fund a se­ries of projects the coun­cil iden­ti­fied last week in its draft 10-year plan.

Six main projects to be car­ried out over the com­ing decade were named as:

In­vest­ing in public trans­port in­fra­struc­ture to im­prove ser­vice lev­els.

Im­ple­ment­ing ma­jor ini­tia­tives to in­crease the num­ber of public trans­port users.

In­creas­ing pro­grammes aimed at get­ting more peo­ple walk­ing, cy­cling, car­pool­ing and us­ing public trans­port.

Tak­ing a lead­er­ship role in en­sur­ing im­proved wa­ter qual­ity around the re­gion.

In­vest­ing in flood pro­tec­tion in­fra­struc­ture to pro­tect the com­mu­nity from flood risk.

In­creas­ing the re­gion’s abil­ity to with­stand an emer­gency through linked projects to pro­vide emer­gency wa­ter fol­low­ing a ma­jor event.

The coun­cil pro­posed the freeze on public trans­port fares con­tinue for an­other year.

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