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Media Release: Council sets new rates increase limit for future

Tauranga City Councillors yesterday agreed to put a limit on future rates increases from 2013/14 to no more than the CPI plus growth in rating base plus 2%.

This excludes the rates increase for 2012/13 because the current Ten Year Plan (for which commitments have already been made for 2012/13) has a proposed rates increase 5.3%. And although the projected increase in the Ten Year Plan for 2013/14 currently exceeds the CPI plus 2% plus growth, it is the Councils intention to seek to reduce that projected increase prior to the adoption of the 2013/14 Annual Plan.

When adopting the draft Ten Year Plan the Council is required to develop a financial strategy which outlines to the community the thinking underlying their current and future decision-making. In the context of this discussion the majority of elected members considered that setting a limit for future years would be a good 'aspirational goal'.

Feedback will be sought on this, and a number of other proposals the elected members are making, in the Council's draft Ten Year Plan due out for consultation in March.

For more information please contact:

Mayor Stuart Crosby 027 431 9920

Published: Friday, 27 Jan 2012 07:00 by Tauranga City Council