Regional Council sets sights on big rates rise
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.