The Federation of Ratepayers Association of NZ, is calling on all Councils to not lift their rates for the year 1st July
2020 to 30th June, 2021.
“Many people will be without jobs, and many businesses will struggle following the lockdown”, says their President, John
Some Councils have already advised that they will not be considering lifting their rates and they should be applauded
the Association believe. Now is the time for all Councils to heed the saying, that we are all in this together, and
share the financial pain many of their ratepayers will be suffering, the Association believes.
Values of homes and property may well fall as a result of the economic fallout from the Covid 19 lockdown. It would be
prudent for Councils to reassess how they assess rates and focus on the core services that Councils provide.
“It may even be appropriate for Council staff and elected members to show solidarity with their private sector counter
parts and cut their pay rates”, suggests President John Riddell.