It has been brought to my attention that some ratepayers think the increase in rates is due to the proposed water scheme and that if the scheme does not go ahead then the rates will not increase. This is incorrect.
The rates increase is due to HDC removing the differential between urban and rural ratings and the increases will continue for five years. If you do not use all the facilitites Levin offers because you are weekenders it is important you point out these matters to the Council. Also the costs involved in maintaining sewerage and water have to be taken into account.
I do urge you to send in a submission to the Council.