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City ratepayers get more bus services

The Regional Council has adopted its Annual Plan after hearing 123 submissions.

Hamilton City residents will enjoy more bus services as a result, with no increase in transport rates. Overall, Environment Waikato rates in Hamilton will increase $20 on an average bill of about $200.

Environment Waikato has major new passenger transport initiatives planned for the new financial year. These include the introduction of a new inner city shuttle bus service which will run a circular route around Victoria and Anglesea Streets. The low fare, high frequency service would ease congestion and provide alternatives for drivers the Council was told.

A new ‘real time’ passenger transport information system would be gradually implemented in 2005/06, providing instant information on bus arrival times at 124 key stops around the city. Bus services were also planned for the rapidly expanding northern parts of Hamilton City and into the new subdivisions in the Ruakura/Innovation Park area.

The average property value in Hamilton City is about $260,000. As part of the rates adopted with the Regional Council’s Annual Plan, a ratepayer with a property valued at $150,000 will pay about $183, $13 more than last year. A property valued at $260,000 will pay about $270, $20 more than last year. Rates in other parts of the Region are:

  • Waipa - $170,000 urban property: $145, almost $20 more than last year, $1.4 million rural property: $779, $103 more than last year.
  • Matamata Piako - $1.59 million rural property: $1,269, $107 more than last year, $114,000 urban property: $150, $18 more than last year.
  • Hauraki - $1.32 million rural property: $6536, $196 more than last year, $149,000 urban property: $140, $18 more than last year.
  • Thames Coromandel - $1.39 million rural property: $729, $70 more than last year, $245,000 urban property: $194, $19 more than last year.
  • North Waikato - $1.565 million rural property: $899, $104 more than last year, $149,000 urban property: $139, $20more than last year.
  • Central Waikato - $1.67 million rural property: $3,054, $176 more than last year, $173,000 urban property: $127, $16 more than last year.
  • North King Country - $1.77 million rural property: $802, $136 more than last year, $120,000 urban property: $121, $17 more than last year.
  • South Waikato - $1.5 million rural property: $798, $92 more than last year, $108,000 urban property: $113, $17more than last year.
  • Taupo - $2.17 million rural property (re-valued from $1.4 million last year): $1,068, $261 more than last year, $190,000 urban property (re-valued from $165,000 last year): $147, $27 more than last year.
  • Rotorua - $850,000 rural property: $553, $69 more than last year, $170,000 urban property: $148, $21 more than last year.

Rates invoices will be sent out in August and ratepayers can pay in one lump sum or arrange to pay in instalments. Ratepayers can have rating questions answered either on Environment Waikato’s website www.ew.govt.nz/aboutew/rates/questions, by calling the rates team on Environment Waikato’s Freephone 0800 800 401 or by emailing rates@ew.govt.nz.

They can also get detailed information about rates for 2005/2006 by phone, or by logging on to the website with either their property’s valuation reference number or address.

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