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Hamilton Council plan commended


Hamilton Council plan commended

Hamilton City Council’s 10 plan was commended by the Employers & Manufacturers Association (EMA) at its submissions hearing yesterday.

EMA congratulated the council for the quality of its planning documents, its use of development levies, and its comprehensive capital development programme.

Peter Atkinson, EMA’s executive charged with presenting the association’s submission, said the council responded with particular interest to EMA’s recommendation that it should publicly list the Hamilton airport, with the council retaining a large number of the shares.

He also advised the council it should follow Tauranga’s example and discard Land Value in favour of either Capital Value or Annual Value as the basis for calculating rates.

“EMA urges Hamilton Council as well to introduce a Uniform Annual General Charge (UAGC),” Mr Atkinson said.

“Though Hamilton has one of the highest level of rates of any New Zealand city, we are pleased to see constraint is now being applied.

“The evidence for this is that the rates’ rises planned by the council over the 10 year period average two per cent per year plus inflation, which is not excessive compared with other councils.”

Mr Atkinson noted EMA has 792 business and other organisations as members in Hamilton which together employ 16,000 staff and have an annual payroll of $685 million.

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