Rates go up for Porirua

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Porirua City Coun­cil unan­i­mously passed its An­nual Plan for 2016/17 last week, set­ting a rate in­crease of 3.3 per cent.

The in­crease is down from the 5.03 per cent rise pro­posed in the draft an­nual plan and mayor Nick Leggett said coun­cil had worked hard to re­duce it.

‘‘No one wants their rates to go up, but we also have to re­tain vi­tal and val­ued city ser­vices.

‘‘Hav­ing fresh wa­ter, safe roads, re­li­able waste man­age­ment and cov­er­ing risks around flood­ing are the bread and but­ter of lo­cal gov­ern­ment.’’

The coun­cil had lis­tened to res­i­dents and kept ser­vices, such as the life guards at Ti­tahi Bay Beach, that had been marked for removal, he said.

In­cluded in the de­ci­sions made to re­duce costs were dis­con­tin­u­ing the in­or­ganic waste col­lec­tion, clos­ing the Porirua main li­brary and Can­nons Creek Pool on pub­lic hol­i­days, and re­duc­ing the spend on gar­dens and land­scaped ar­eas.

The An­nual Plan also in­cludes a de­ci­sion to con­trib­ute $200,000 to­wards the salaries of staff at or around the min­i­mum wage in re­sponse to sub­mis­sions made by the Liv­ing Wage Move­ment.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Wendy Walker said the coun­cil had a busy year ahead with the con­struc­tion of Trans­mis­sion Gully.

‘‘Although that is a gov­ern­ment project, we are fund­ing close to $4 mil­lion for lo­cal link roads to pro­vide bet­ter ac­cess for res­i­dents and busi­nesses.’’

The coun­cil would be pro­gress­ing with the wet play area and sound stage at Aotea La­goon, a div­ing plat­form at Pare­mata and the Porirua Out­door Recre­ation Park de­vel­op­ment in the hills above Porirua and Tawa.

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