The Wellington City Council has announced four different rates increases in the last four months.
In March, a 3.8 per cent rates increase was announced.
In April, things had changed and the council said a 4.1 per cent increase would be necessary.
Last Sunday, Mayor Wade-Brown announced that the increase had been cut to 3.3 per cent. Which sounded not too bad.
But today it seems that the increase has gone up again – the DomPost reports that after four days of meetings councillors have agreed to a 3.5 per cent increase.
Confused? Confusing? The council seems to have been too precipitate with its ever-changing rates announcements. And can we be sure that the 3.5 per cent increase will be the final decision? Apparently not. In A statement last night, Mayor Wade-Brown warned:
Rates are not yet finalised as councillors still have to consider and agree on funding for a replacement venue to the Town Hall, which requires earthquake strengthening. They will do this at a meeting on 21 June.
An amount of $4m or more is being considered for the temporary town hall, which doesn’t show much hope of the rates increase coming down in the event of yet another change.