Wellington City council has proposed a 3.8% rates rise to help pay for its $88 million leaky homes bill.
Leaky home settlements are expected to cost $8.8 million this year, $2.2 million of which will be funded by rates and the remainder borrowed.
The council says up to $1.6 million can be saved by slashing grants, deferring environmental projects, reducing funding for sportsfield maintenance and closing the public library earlier.
Fee increases for services ranging from 2.5% to 25% are also on the table for a range of services, including the landfill, parking and sports turfs.
Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says those fee rises are minor, and smaller increases each year are better than a big hike every five years.
She says the council will not consider new projects this year.