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Waipa’s proposed rates rises for 2017/18 are now online.
Waipa District Council is proposing a two per cent average rates rise compared to the 3.15 per cent increase originally projected in its 10-Year Plan. The saving is largely from lower debt levels, lower depreciation costs, increased fees from growth and the use of operating surpluses.
But the Council has already warned that lower than anticipated rates increases may be skewed by independent property valuations completed late last year. The valuations saw the capital value of Waipa properties increase by an average of 23.1 per cent.
Properties with valuations significantly more or less than the average valuation increase of 23.1 per cent could see rates changes that differ significantly from the average.
Waipa property owners are able to see exactly how the proposed rates rise could impact them, by checking their property via an online rates calculator. Last year, the easy-to-use calculator was used more than 450 times.
The proposed rates rise is detailed in the Council’s 2017/18 draft Annual Plan which includes Council’s budget for the next financial year. The draft Plan marks year three of a decade-long plan adopted by Council in 2015 which remains largely on track.
Feedback on the draft Annual Plan is being welcomed by Council. Any feedback must be received by 5pm, Friday March 31.
The 2017/18 draft Annual Plan and feedback form is available online and in Council offices and libraries from Tuesday 7 March.
For more information, contact: Natalie Palmer 027 807 3174