An excellent blog from Keith Johnson in which holes are found in assumptions around rates rises. I too had much difficulty in finding out what the actual rate rises were going to be. Of the handful of Councillors I polled only one could definitively explain it to me, two were “pretty sure” it was slightly different figures, and another three didn’t actually know.
Now although I have tried to foreswear agitated involvement in WCC’s financial chicanery on the grounds that it is both bad for my blood pressure and unpleasant to have to entangle myself with tax evaders, blowhards and incompetents, I blew my stack when I read the Dominion Post article of 19 May ‘Differential rates ‘block to business growth’.
This described how our Billy Budd Deputy Mayor Justin Lester was flirting with the Property Council on the issue of the further rebalancing of the rates burden against residential ratepayers in favour of business / commercial ratepayers.
Read the entire blog here: WELLINGTON CITY COUNCIL SPENDING BANKS STEEPLY IN STATISTICAL FOG