Ratepay­ers happy with tar­geted rate?


Some Rod­ney res­i­dents are happy to stump up for a new rate for trans­port, but many lo­cals are not aware of the pro­posed new charge.

The Rod­ney Lo­cal Board were eye­ing a trans­port tar­geted rate for at least the next three years in its draft plan.

It pro­posed ratepay­ers’ money be spent on trans­port mea­sures in Rod­ney – such as a trial diesel train ser­vice from Hua­pai to Hen­der­son, park and ride sta­tions in Kumeu-Hua­pai and Wark­worth, and seal­ing un­sealed roads.

Lo­cal board deputy chair­man Phe­lan Pir­rie said the tar­geted rate could bring for­ward cap­i­tal ex­pen­di­ture and push Auck­land Coun­cil to put money up for such pro­jects.

The lo­cal board plan may af­fect about 22,000 rate­able house­holds.

Fairfax Me­dia in­ter­viewed 24 Auck­lan­ders in Kumeu, Hua­pai, River­head, Coatesville and He­lensville on June 27.

Twenty-one said they were not aware of the lo­cal board’s draft plan; and seven of the 24 did not care about the pro­posed tar­geted rate. An­other three said they didn’t live in the area.

The coun­cil’s cur­rent trans­port levy charged $113.85 per house­hold for res­i­den­tial ratepay­ers each year, how­ever, it would ex­pire in June 2018.

Were the tar­geted rate in­tro­duced next year, it could ‘‘roll over’’ from the levy and range be­tween $114-200 per an­num for Rod­ney ratepay­ers, Pir­rie said.

This could raise be­tween $2.5

‘‘We need the in­fra­struc­ture, so we're go­ing to have to pay’’

Russell Ham­let

mil­lion and $4m.

He­lensville’s Gail Ox­ton said a ma­jor is­sue in the re­gion was roads and in­fra­struc­ture.

Coatesville’s Russell Ham­let said seal­ing un­sealed roads was more ‘‘ben­e­fi­cial’’ than a park and ride, but couldn’t ar­gue with the logic of the rate.

‘‘We need the in­fra­struc­ture, so we’re go­ing to have to pay.’’

Auck­land Trans­port said it would cost more than $350m to seal all of Auck­land’s 860km of un­sealed roads. And it could cost be­tween $400,000 and $1.6m to seal 1km of un­sealed road.

Rod­ney has about 678 kilo­me­tres of un­sealed roads. Auck­land Coun­cil’s Long Term Plan for 2015-2018 al­lo­cated $10m for road seal­ing – enough to seal 12.56km.

But from next year, the Rod­ney Lo­cal Board would re­ceive about $1.1m for seal­ing ex­ten­sions.

Sub­mit feed­back by June 30 at sha­peauck­land.co.nz.

Seal­ing all of Auck­land’s un­sealed roads would cost nearly $350 mil­lion. Rod­ney has 678 kilo­me­tres of un­sealed roads.

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