Increase in rates on the cards

A potential increase in rates, is being factored down to a new partnership opportunity with Central Government.

The draft 2019/20 annual plan budget is proposing an average rates increase of 4.16 per cent, compared to 2.88 per cent budgeted in the Long Term Plan.

Deputy Mayor Judy Turner says the costs will help cover a new investment and partnership with Central government -- through the regeneration of the Whakatane waterfront and town centre.

Emma Griffiths