After years of being able to ‘look but not touch’ the waterfront, the opening of the tidal stairs and pontoon was a highlight for me. Like the new Greerton Library before it, they’re examples of cost-effective projects achieved by the previous council that add to our residents’ quality of life.

2017 is the last year that the previous council’s long-term budget has been influencing how your rates are spent and how much we collect. The average rate rise over the three years of that budget has been 3.1 per cent - reasonable, when you consider the challenges of managing a growing city.

2018 will see the current council’s long-term budget come into force. The average increase is forecast to be 9.1 per cent over the next three years. The forecast rates rise will be blunted for most homeowners, however, if residents agree to a proposed change in the rating system which shifts some of the burden onto commercial ratepayers and reduces the burden on the average homeowner. May I wish you all a Happy New Year. We live in a great city, so enjoy it!

Straight from city council
A personal view,
by Councillor Steve Morris