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Mata­mata-Pi­ako Dis­trict Coun­cil is pre­dict­ing a rate rise of 1.74 per cent for 2015/2016 and an in­crease of less than two per cent through the next decade. Th­ese fig­ures were re­leased by the coun­cil in a draft long-term plan at its monthly meet­ing on De­cem­ber 10, with mayor Jan Barnes call­ing it an ex­cel­lent re­sult. ‘‘We can be re­ally pleased with smooth rates go­ing for­ward.’’ She said the coun­cil has also kept debt low in its fore­cast. ‘‘This will give con­fi­dence to our com­mu­nity,’’ Barnes said. ‘‘The dis­trict is in good shape.’’ The draft plan is sub­ject to ap­proval by Au­dit New Zealand be­fore go­ing out to pub­lic com­ment for a month from April 1. A hear­ing of sub­mis­sions is sched­uled for May 20 and 21, with the fi­nalised plan adopted on June 24.

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