Higher rates rise urged by mayor

1:46 pm on 22 June 2012

Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker has recommended changes to the city's draft annual plan that could push up a proposed rates rise from 7.5% to 7.63%.

Mr Parker's proposals include the rebuild or repair of 10 facilities at a cost of more than $800 million.

He recommends the council approve a new convention centre and suggesting the existing town hall auditorium be kept, but with new facilities built around it.

A proposed uncovered sports stadium would cost just over $240 million.

Other proposed changes include small-cost repairs to the Akaroa wharf, cordon management and assistance in getting city trams running.

The recommendations will be considered next week.