Whakatane rate structure left to next council

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Possible changes to the way the Whakatane District Council calculates its rates have been left for the next council.

The council has now formally adopted its annual plan and set the rates for the 12 months starting next month.

Overall the rates will rise just over four per cent, but in Taneatua and Murupara the rise will be about seven per cent.

Mayor Tony Bonne says the council has rejected a bid to revisit the whole rating procedure.

“Part of the debate was on the affordability issue. Some councillors were keen to do some last-minute changes to the rating formulas.

“We’ve said no, it can wait for the next council when they look at the new rate structure.”

The council elections take place in October.

Sam Gardner