Hutt City residents look forward to smaller rates rise
HUTT VALLEY residents may be in for one of the lowest rates increases in the country.
Hutt City Council recently proposed an average annual rate rise of less than 1 per cent in its Annual Draft Plan for 2013-2014.
Deputy Mayor and Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee David Bassett has said he is pleased with the budget for the year ahead.
“The low rate rise will help residents who are facing tough times and maintain the pace of development for the city,” he says.
“Essential services will continue to be upgraded and maintained while meeting the needs of the community.”
Lower Hutt resident Fiona Woodcock says a lower rates rise would be good because families are struggling in the current economic environment.
“Even a small rise can be very difficult for people to find.
“Personally I would be prepared to pay more if Hutt City Council would collect and process green waste more appropriately than they do now.”
Ms Woodcock has contacted the council about this and was told that it would be expensive to set up a composting unit.
However, she said, other councils could manage it.
“In Napier it is half price to take green waste to the dump. They make compost out of it and sell it. In Christchurch, all houses get three bins: general, green and recycling.”
Rebekah Noakes, another Hutt Valley resident, says she trusts that the council has done its number crunching correctly, and that the minimal increase in rates this year won’t mean a steep rise next year, thereby wiping out any advantage of a reduced rates bill for now.
“For our family on a limited income, every little bit helps.
“I’m grateful we won’t have to spend additional money each fortnight for rates, given other price rises.”
Hutt City Council Mayor Ray Wallace, left, has said that many groups in the community had made it clear that household costs were going “through the roof” and that the rates bill was an annual hurdle for them.
“We need to hold the line as much as possible,” Mr Wallace says.