Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Rates payments welcome says new Chairman

2 November 2004

Rates payments welcome says new Chairman Michael Lee

New ARC Chairman Michael Lee has welcomed the recent upturn in rates payments, resulting in nearly 99% of ratepayers paying last year’s rates.

“It would appear that ratepayers who withheld paying now have confidence in this new council and are paying their bill.”

“The ‘rates rebellion’, having made its point, appears to have run its course,” Mr Lee says.

There are still a small number of people who have outstanding rates - approximately 7,500 owing more than $25.

“In fairness to the 98.6% of ratepayers across the Auckland region who have paid their rates, I want to encourage the few people who still have an outstanding debt to make arrangements to begin payments.”

“The ARC can assist them in this and we have relief measures for people suffering genuine hardship.”

“This new council does not want to further penalise those who have not, for whatever reason, paid their regional rates.”

“This council’s members heard very clearly the concerns on rates rises voiced two years ago. You can rest assured that those concerns have been taken on board by the new council,” Mr Lee says.

“This council will work hard to keep rates down and any increase to within the rate of inflation.”

Ratepayers can contact the Rates Information Line on (09) 366 2000.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>


More Justice & Corrections

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news