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Rates rise is ‘not palatable’

Masterton ratepayers still have a wait ahead of them before finding out the proposed rates hike this year.

But Mayor Gary Caffell dropped a big hint at Wednesday’s full council meeting that the rise wouldn’t be “palatable”.

“Obviously, the ratepayers do hear these comments, and I have to say to them that we have gone through a very difficult long-term plan process and are still going through it,” Caffell said.

“We will be arriving at a rates increase that is not going to be palatable for everybody, or anybody really.

“But we have worked hard and I’m really proud of the way we have gone through that process.”

He noted that overall, Masterton was “in a good space with a lot happening”.

“The next two years are going to be really exciting for Masterton.”

At Wednesday’s meeting, the council agreed to reschedule two meetings “to reflect adjustments to the Long-Term Plan [LTP] work programme timeline”.

The meeting to consider options reports to inform the LTP Consultation Document and to adopt draft supporting information for audit review, including assumptions and performance measures, would shift from February 28 to March 6. The council meeting to adopt the LTP Consultation Document and supporting information will shift from March 27 to April 3.


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  1. Sorry but all three councils are robbing there rate payers just so they keep their Jobs. We vote in councilors? They are in it for the money 💰 🤑 as well. WAIRARAPA RATE PAYERS NEED TO UNITE AS ONE COUNCIL FOR ALL. it’s the only way rates are going to stabilize. Rate payers pay councils $24 million dollars 💸 a year JUST ON SALARY. DON’T CRY 😢 😭 ABOUT IT DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

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Emily Ireland
Emily Ireland
Emily Ireland is Wairarapa’s Local Democracy Reporter, a Public Interest Journalism role funded through NZ On Air. Emily has worked at the Wairarapa Times-Age for seven years and has a keen interest in council decision-making and transparency.

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