North Shore City continues to have one of the highest residential rates increases in the Auckland region at 6.9% in 2007-2008 (7.4% including the Museum and MOTAT). The council is projecting 8.1% average increases per year compounding over the next 10 years.
In 2006, after the rates had been set at 9.5%, our community was shocked to hear the Mayor George Wood state that should people not be able to afford the rates then perhaps they could consider selling up, downsizing and moving on. I will not support huge rates increases in the future and I will advocate for a system to cap the rates for seniors and pensioners on fixed incomes.
In the first year as Mayor we reduced the rates increase to 5.9%, while still maintaining full council service levels and delivery of outcomes expected of our community. We further reduced the rates to 5.5% the following year.