5 Nov 2014

Auckland Council opts to lift rate rise

6:12 pm on 5 November 2014

Aucklanders face a higher than expected percent rates rise next year.

Auckland mayor Len Brown.

Auckland mayor Len Brown. Photo: RNZ / Kim Baker Wilsson

Councillors decided against a 2.5 percent increase, voting instead for a 3.5 percent rise next year, to allow a longer list of community projects to be delivered.

The plan also includes a gradual annual increase in the development charges imposed on new homes and commercial premises.

The council approved the rates increase by 16 votes to seven.

Mayor Len Brown said while he had previously argued for a lower rise, he believed the higher amount will answer community calls for more to be done in their areas.

Plans to boost council income also include the sale of an extra $20 million worth of non-strategic assets a year, with the proceeds to be shared among the local boards.

The moves are part of debate on the council's draft 10-year budget, which is still subject to public consultation early next year.