GWRC approves lower than forecast rates increase
Greater Wellington Regional
Council approves lower than forecast rates
Greater Wellington Regional Council has
approved an average rates increase of about $21 per
household per year (40 cents a week), or 5.7% , in its
Annual Plan for 2014/15.
The rates increase will vary
across Greater Wellington region, based on capital values
and range from $5 to $34, depending on the location and
value of property. The proposed average rate increase is
less than the 6.1% suggested in the Draft Annual Plan
2014/15, and lower than the 10.4% rise as set out in Year 3
of the Long Term Plan (LTP).
The Council also approved the
2.5% increase in the water levy. This is a decrease from the
4% increase originally planned in the Long Term
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