Wellington Commuter blogs:
The GWRC will now increase the average Wellington City Household rates bill by over $200/year
The average rates increase for the region is $41 but they are changing their transport rate distribution:
The proposed changes to public transport will mean residents in the Hutt Valley, South Wairarapa and Porirua pay a bit less toward public transport than they do now, while residents in Wellington city, Kāpiti and Masterton pay a bit more toward public transport.
And what is a bit more? Well the Council never tells you. The info in the blog post had to be dragged out of them under the OIA. It means:
- a reduced rates payment from Wellington CBD businesses by nearly $3M
- an increased rates payment from Residential Ratepayers by nearly $3M
And what does this mean for the hip pocket?
- Wellington City ratepayers go from $172 transport rate average to $361 – an increase of over 100%
Wellington Commuter concludes:
It is shocking that the GWRC has managed to add over $200/year to the average Wellington City household rates bill without anyone noticing.