We mentioned this in a post last Wednesday.  The obvious system would be to base the amount each household (“rating unit”) pays on the value of the property — the higher the value of your property the more you pay, and that is what happens in Wellington.

But only 43% of what is charged in Kapiti is based on that: 51% comes from fixed charges where every household pays the same regardless of their situation and income.

Unfair? Of course. So propose that Kapiti does what Wellington does.

As a second separate topic, the announcement states: “Councillors will be online to discuss our current and proposed approach to addressing stormwater flood risks”

We’re unsure what either approach is, so it will certainly be something to watch!

The FB link


“As part of the Council’s long-term planning we’ve reviewed our rating system, which sets out the way that rates are allocated among the district’s approximately 25,000 ratepayers. Note this does not affect the total amount of rates we collect.

“With the aim of ensuring that our rating system is equitable and affordable for our ratepayers, we’ve developed a proposal, which has two changes:

• $7.6 million of the districtwide roading contributions would change from being a fixed charge to a charge relative to a property’s capital value; and

• $0.5 million of economic development funding would be transferred from the districtwide general rate to a new $0.5m commercial targeted rate. Only commercial properties would contribute, in relation to their capital values.

“Join us on Facebook on 11 April, from wherever you are, between 7pm and 9pm. Councillors will be online to discuss our current and proposed approach to addressing stormwater flood risks, and to answer your questions.

“Can’t make it on the night? Send your comments and/or questions to us via private message, and we’ll post them for you on the night. We’ll also respond to you privately post-event.”