South Waikato rates rise

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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.

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