27 May 2009

60% rates rises for some coastal properties

10:52 pm on 27 May 2009

Some Horowhenua residents are calling on their district council to rethink rates rises of more than 60%, which they say could force them to sell their homes.

Horowhenua District Council Chief Executive David Ward says the general rate is going up by 6%.

But he says coastal property owners will have to pay much more, because they have been charged relatively low rates in the past.

Ratepayer Brian Tenhave, who owns properties in Levin and Foxton Beach, says the council is targetting those who are perceived to be wealthy.

But he says many people will have to sell because they do not have the money.

Grey Power Horowhenua President Graeme Thompson says rates increases should be spread out more evenly over the next ten years.

The council has received 426 submissions and will hear residents' views next week.