FROM THE ED­I­TOR

North Shore Times - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS -

Kia ora - I, like most peo­ple, am a bit con­fused by my coun­cil val­u­a­tion. I live in a block of units and the val­u­a­tion is higher than any have sold for. Usu­ally CVs are far be­low the mar­ket rate. I guess the coun­cil as­sessed the large chunk of land we share via a cross-lease at a higher level than pur­chasers have. My val­u­a­tion has risen by 45 per cent, so I am hop­ing that means my rates will stay the same, since that’s equal to Auck­land’s av­er­age res­i­den­tial val­u­a­tion in­crease. More ac­cu­rately, they should in­crease by the 2.5 per cent the coun­cil has com­mit­ted to. Like ev­ery­one, I will have to wait un­til July 1 2018, af­ter Auck­land Coun­cil fi­nalises its 10-year bud­get, to find out what my new rates bill will be. Val­u­a­tions are only part of the bill, with set charges make up a large por­tion of our rates. Plus, there’s the new fuel tax of 10 cents per litre Auck­lan­ders will start­ing pay­ing next July. I don’t mind, as Auck­land needs more pub­lic trans­port, in par­tic­u­lar. The con­cern is al­ways for peo­ple on low incomes. Let’s hope com­pas­sion comes into the equa­tion. - Jodi Yeats

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