22 May 2012

Debt-ridden council signals back down

6:48 am on 22 May 2012

Kaipara District Council may make significant changes to planned rates rises, in the wake of widespread public protest.

The council is more than $80 million in debt and has warned rates will have to go up by an average 31%.

About 2000 recently turned out to protest against the increases.

Deputy mayor Julie Geange says ratepayers have made their views clear and there are options to reduce the rate increases, but these will mean paying more in the long-term.

She says the council will also review its plans for new rates on roading and multiple dwellings, which have drawn strong objections from farmers.