The proposed annual plan would see a rates increase of 9.8% for 2022/2023. This falls beneath the cap of 10.4% set in the Long Term Plan. As we develop the annual plan we have made budget reductions where possible as part of our ongoing efficiencies programme. This has off-set cost pressures from across Council without compromising levels of service.
There are six primary drivers for the rates increase:
The rating system was significantly changed at the start of the 2021/22 year as part of the Revenue & Financing Policy review. In addition to new property differentials being introduced, it was agreed the change to General Rates would be phased in over three years. This has resulted in higher than average rates increases for several categories of property shown in the table.
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