RatesUpGuy Burns, the Deputy Chair of Raumati Paraparaumu Community Board, is outraged at the latest hike in rates.

“Kapiti Coast District Council is planning an average rates increase of just under five (4.8) percent. They’ve brought it down from a planned 6 percent; probably because it’s election year. Five percent is on the high side and kept up because of the massive debt built up by historic Council high spending.

“The KCDC rise, combined with Greater Wellington Regional Council’s planned massive 9 percent rise for most of Kapiti will hit ratepayers deeply in the pocket.

“KCDC rates can be cut back if Councillors instruct the Chief Executive to reduce the massive expenditure on the organisation which increases steadily every year. Over 300 staff work full time at KCDC and most carry out essential work in a professional manner. But, within the 300 staff are roles which are non-essential — these obscure roles need to be identified and cut out.

“Greater Wellington Regional Council’s huge 9% increase for Kapiti (except Otaki which is 4.7%) is outrageous and reflects an organisation out of control, with no ability to work efficiently and within reasonable fiscal means. The one million dollar glorified staff smoko-hut/meeting rooms in Queen Elizabeth Park hasn’t helped our rates bill either.

“I call for an organisation review of Kapiti Coast District Council, with the aim of rationalising the workforce based on efficiency, effectiveness and productivity. Return Council spending to essential services. Also, Kapiti should break from the Regional Council and manage its own affairs.”

Exiting the regional council wouldn’t be easy as among other things, the GWRC owns and runs the trains and buses. But what is the Kapiti councilor on the GWRC doing? —Eds