It seems Tauranga ratepayers will be facing some hefty rate increases over the next 10 years, adding hundreds to the yearly bill. There must be a genetic code in elected officials that forces them to punish the people who pay them. Figures show a 13.6 per cent rate increase in 2018/19, seven per cent in 2019/20 and a 10.7 per cent increase in 2020/21. A household paying $2500 in rates per year will see that figure rise to $3555 ($68 per week) in three years' time and $4448 ($85 per week) in 10 years' time. If you deduct $4448 from a pensioner's income then its obvious many will be rated out of their homes.
Tauranga rate increases have a history of being higher than just about every other district in NZ.
What is wrong with ratepayers in Tauranga that they vote the same people into office time and time again? The squanderbug attitude of TCC is clearly shown in the ripping down of a building they could have sold and will now rebuild on the empty site.
Who wants to struggle into the city centre and waste time and petrol looking for a park when one has council business to attend to? The new building should be in somewhere like The Lakes where there will be plenty of parking.
A Bourne, Bethlehem (Abridged).