1 September 2021

The Taxpayers’ Union Report for 2020/21 is now available here

We’re disappointed to see our council near the top of this table for the 2020/21 year, however, these figures are already a year out of date, and we have made a number of changes this financial year to reduce rating increases. Our cost-saving approach to the 2022/23 Annual Plan saw our council’s rating increase fall lower than all 9 councils in the greater Wellington region. Some of these changes included reducing costs in our building and general maintenance, reviewing our fees for regulatory work, and not adding any new projects to what was set in our 2021/31 Long Term Plan.

We’re pleased to see we still rank one of the lowest councils in New Zealand for operating costs per household and below the national average. This shows how cost effective our council is when measured in terms of properties.