Council approves plan, sets rates
The Marlborough District Council rates take will increase by 2.48 per cent for the upcoming financial year, with new rating charges set to take effect from Saturday.
Councillors voted at a full council meeting on Thursday to adopt the 2017/18 annual plan and adopt new rates, which covered the period from July 1 to June 30, 2018.
The 2.48 per cent increase was in total revenue - which the council estimated would be $64.06 million - as opposed to a specific rates increase, as this varied by property.
However, the council did produce indicative impacts for 36 benchmark properties, spread across the six different geographic rating areas around Marlborough.
The residential property with the highest increase in Blenheim, which had a capital value of $310,000 and a land value of $160,000, would pay $2519 in rates, a $19 increase on the previous period.
The benchmark property figures showed that, despite the overall increase in rates revenue, some properties would face a decrease in the cost of rates over the period.
A bach in Ngakuta Bay, in the Marlborough Sounds, with a land value of $155,000 and a capital value of $410,000, would pay $248 less this rating period, a 28.41 per cent decrease.
Council corporate finance manager Martin Fletcher said one new targeted rate was introduced this year. Pool owners would be charged a fixed amount of $76 to cover the cost of carrying out inspections under the Building (Pools) Amendment Act.