4 Jan 2011

Ratepayers seek greener pastures

8:27 am on 4 January 2011

Ratepayers in two parts of Bay of Plenty are waiting to find out whether they can leave their councils.

Sixteen hundred ratepayers in the Rangitaiki ward have signed a petition to leave the Whakatane District Council and join Kawerau.

And about a third of Waihi Beach ratepayers say they want to leave the Western Bay of Plenty Council and join Hauraki.

Reasons for wanting to shift vary from getting good representation to high dog registration fees.

A resident in Matata cites high rates and high dog registration fees as reasons for a boundary change.

A decision from the Local Government Commission is expected on 18 January.