I’ve not yet had time to read the full report. I intend to do so.
Stuff reports an average 8% per year increase is predicted. To be fair to local Govt, central Govt grows far more than this. But they get extra revenue from bracket creep, while Councils actually have to put the rates level up.
One area I plan to cover more is all the land which does not get rated, ranging from churches to Govt land to some Maori land.For some Councils this is a major issue, as it means all the other land has to be rated even higher.
The notion of local referenda for any increases beyond population and inflation growth is worty of support in my opinion.