Like all council services there will be some people who use one service or facility more than another.
Rates money pays for new roads, stormwater systems, libraries, water pipes, parks and reserves and so on. Councils all over New Zealand charge rates to provide an overall service for the community. This invariably means in some cases one resident who never goes to the library for example will subsidise another in some way, and vice versa.
This proposal is for the benefit of the wider community, and the environment.
A low user of rubbish bags in zone one may end up paying a bit more overall, and a high user may end up paying less. For many people the cost will remain about the same, but with the convenience of having a set sum charged via rates, rather than having to buy bags throughout the year.
For example, a household that uses one bag per week, is paying up to $473 per year for bags alone. Once the recycling fee of $178 is added in, this totals more than $600 per year.
For households that use one bag fortnightly ($236) for example, once the existing recycling fee ($178) is included, the cost is more than $400 per annum.
Under the proposed changes, households serviced by the kerbside rubbish and recycling service would face an estimated combined total cost of between $375 and $450 per annum via rates (actual cost to be determined via the tender process).