South Waikato rates rise
Rates will increase in the South Waikato with the official adoption of the 2017-18 Annual Plan.
The South Waikato District Council signed off a 3.9 per cent increase when it officially adopted the 2017-18 Annual Plan during its monthly meeting on Thursday.
During the meeting councillor Gray Baldwin asked deputy chief executive Ben Smit how the increase compared with other surrounding councils.
‘‘Councillors might receive questions or comments from the community. I’m interested to hear where we are sitting in the pecking order,’’ he said
Smit said the increase was in line with other councils.
‘‘We did some work around two months ago and the bulk sit within the three per cent range, probably 80 per cent,’’ he said.
‘‘I was speaking to the mayor of Hamilton Andrew King and they have got a 3.9 per cent [increase] as well unless it’s changed since,’’ mayor Jenny Shattock added.
Shattock said while 3.9 per cent might seem steep the actual increase would be ‘‘quite different across the district.’’
‘‘If you look at the early pages [of the Annual Plan], on pages four, five, and six you can see where the increases are [going].’’
Those pages cover the likes of improving the maintenance and appearance of the district, council property and reserves, and town concept planning.
The adoption of the 2017-18 Annual Plan sees rates rise in the South Waikato.