Rates hike — no mandate
Hamilton City Council increased the rates by over 9 percent and also brought forward the capital value system for properties. Ratepayers are undergoing hardship due to council collecting a high rate from the properties. Rates had also increased the rent for rental properties. A recent TVNZ programme was explaining that councils have introduced the capital value system for properties to get higher
rates but Auckland properties are being sold for half the capital value of the property.
Hamilton City Council and elected members failed to listen to the community and approving without the consent of the community is not right.
Council had agreed to buy the riverside property for over $6m by paying 50 percent more than the market value. This transaction is worse than the $40m debt created by the V8s. Did the council increase our rates to spend the money the way they want?
Council making decision without public consultation is unacceptable. Mano Manoharan, Hamilton