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Proposed ratings system majority of submissions


15 May 2006

Proposed ratings system majority of submissions

The proposed change to Capital Value for rating and the proposed rates rise itself, are dominating the submissions received so far, to the Waitakere City Long Term Council Community Plan 2006 – 2016.

The Plan includes the Annual Plan for the year 2006/2007. Submissions close on Friday 19 May, 2006 after which the Council will begin hearing submitters who wish to speak to their submissions.

Some 370 submissions had been received with one week to go and Council staff were expecting a last minute rush. Staff expect that the final tally will be between 550 and 600 – which may be marginally more than last year.

“I think we are a little surprised that such a far reaching document as the Long Term Council Community Plan has not attracted more comment, and I hope people realise that they only have a few more days in which to make a submission,” says Chairman of the LTCCP/AP Special Committee, Councillor Janet Clews.

Of the submissions received to date, the majority were concerned with the proposed change to Capital Value Rating and the projected 6.85% rates rise. The next largest category was about the passenger transport. Small numbers were concerned with the Council’s draft Transport Strategy, cycle ways, a proposed targeted rate in New Lynn and the Council’s Development Contributions and Financial Contributions.

“I think the most interesting discussion is going to be about Capital Value rating versus Land Value rating. I’m not sure that most people yet realise that Capital Value rating could see a reduction in rates for more than a third of the city’s properties. Under a land value system almost all properties will have a rates increase,” she says.

In addition, under Capital Value, almost 20% will have a rates rise of less than 5% - which is below the 6.5% average that we are predicting, Councillor Clews says.

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