Rates hike — no man­date

Waikato Times - - Opinion -

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

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