Published 2 July 2009
Waitakere City Council has formally approved its long-term plan, including a 2.97% average for “council-controlled” elements of the rates bill, equating to $1/week for the average property.
On top of those, it said: “External levies (for organisations like Motat & the Auckland Zoo), which are outside of the council’s control and which it is required by law to collect, amount to 65c/week for the average property.
Long-term plan committee chairman Janet Clews said: “In most cases people pay more a month for single services like power or telephones than they do for rates & all the services that come with that – things like roads, parks, libraries & so on.”
She said the budget had been to the Auckland Transition Agency & Audit NZ for approval. The budget for the next 10 years includes $444 million for the extensive development of New Lynn & NorSGA (the northern strategic growth area, from Westgate to Hobsonville).
“The revitalisation of New Lynn alone is expected to generate 12,000 new jobs,” Cllr Clews said.
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Attribution: Council release, story written by Bob Dey for the Bob Dey Property Report.