Ire ris­ing with rates around Porirua

Kapi-Mana News - - CONVERSATIONS -

Porirua ratepay­ers are fac­ing a pro­posed av­er­age in­crease of 4.9 per cent - the sec­ond high­est in the Welling­ton Re­gion. We asked Neigh­bourly users how they felt about it, and what so­lu­tions they had for keep­ing rates down.

MIKE RODGERS, CAMBORNE

4.9 per cent I could prob­a­bly stom­ach, but in Camborne we’re star­ing at a 10 per cent rates in­crease be­cause of the prop­erty value in­creases. Rates should be a cost re­cov­ery ex­er­cise to fund crit­i­cal core ser­vices and in­fra­struc­ture, not an op­por­tunis­tic cash grab to build sur­pluses or fund pet projects - or del­e­ga­tions to Asia for sis­ter city rorts. This is a new coun­cil, tra­di­tion­ally the in­creased rates grab is symp­to­matic of a coun­cil that’s run out of ideas and in­no­va­tion so this could be a long painful term.

KIM WHITAKER, PLIM­MER­TON

If rates con­tinue to in­crease we will have to con­sider whether liv­ing in the area is still fea­si­ble. We could move up the coast where the re­duc­tion in rates will eas­ily off­set the in­crease in travel costs - shame as we love the area, but it gets to a point where it’s just not worth it.

CA­TRI­ONA GREIG, TITAHI BAY

We strug­gle as it is pay­ing the rates at the cost now. In­creas­ing it will se­ri­ously screw us over even more. Af­ter bills, we have $90 a week left to feed five peo­ple. A huge strug­gle.

SHAUN EL­LIS, PUKERUA BAY

At the risk of sound­ing like a cliche, we are not happy with an in­crease as rates in Porirua are al­ready high when com­pared with other cen­tres. What up­grades or main­te­nance are re­quired to ser­vices that re­quire an in­crease in al­ready rel­a­tively high rates bur­dens for home own­ers? To what de­gree do ratepay­ers sub­sidise other users of ser­vices in Porirua?

Is it pos­si­ble for Pukerua Bay to leave Porirua and be­come part of the Kapiti Coast Dis­trict where rates for home­own­ers are lower?

SU­SAN WEEKES, PAREMATA

We moved from Welling­ton to Porirua seven years ago. We pay more in rates here but feel we get less for it. We still work in Welling­ton and use Welling­ton Li­brary ser­vices among oth­ers. I don’t feel we get value for our rates bill here so am not happy to hear about the rise.

STAN NAJBERT, PLIM­MER­TON

Not happy at all. With an in­creas­ing rates base due to new hous­ing and the per­mit fees charged with build­ing a new house there is no rea­son to be in­creas­ing rates at all. [There should be no rates in­crease.]

CLINT PAUL, PUKERUA BAY

I was look­ing at build­ing a cou­ple of homes in the Porirua area re­cently, but the coun­cil costs have been driven far too high. Hutt City Coun­cil have de­cided to cut costs to en­cour­age growth. Porirua City Coun­cil charged me a ser­vices fee of 15k last time I built a house, whereas Lower Hutt have can­celled this and re­moved other costs. PCC want growth and ad­di­tional rates but what in­cen­tive is there? I know a devel­oper that pulled a 200 home devel­op­ment from Porirua be­cause of this rea­son.

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Parts of the city that pos­si­bly wel­comed higher home val­ues may not like the fol­low­ing rates in­crease.

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