Ratepayers face draft 2.4pc rise in Nelson

Last updated 13:00 22/02/2013

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Nelson ratepayers are facing a draft 2.4 per cent increase for 2013-14, following a council annual plan workshop last week.

Chief financial officer Nikki Harrison told yesterday's infrastructure meeting that this was an overall percentage including the general rate, wastewater, water and stormwater rates.

She said directions the council had given its staff on changes to the annual plan had increased the draft total take from $61.29 million, a 2 per cent overall increase on this year, to $61.54m.

The biggest increases were in the provision of $300,000 for detailed earthquake assessments on council buildings, $250,000 for Fifa under-20 football world cup and cricket world cup bids and the write-off of a $239,000 loan if the "Prego building" next to the Elma Turner Library is demolished. A saving of $506,000 was found in a correction to a wrongly-entered interest charge.

Infrastructure co-chairman Eric Davy said the staff had interpreted the councillors' wishes well and achieved "an excellent result".

The councillors will get a further look at the draft next month before public consultation. The rate will be struck in late June.

Last year's average increase was 5.6 per cent.

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- The Nelson Mail

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