PHOTO: Central Carterton. Source: Robin Marshall/Wikimedia Commons
Residents in Carterton are paying the highest rates in the country, a new report by the Taxpayers Union and Auckland Ratepayers Alliance has found.
The Ratepayer Report ranked councils on a series of metrics including residential rates, staffing costs and council liabilities.
It is the fifth report of its kind by the Taxpayers Union and covers rates in the 2018/19 financial year.
The report found average residential rates in Carterton were the highest at more than $3400, while rates in Central Otago were the lowest at just under $1500.
Taxpayers Union campaigns manager Louis Houlbrooke said average residential rates were continuing to rise right throughout New Zealand.
“We found that once again, the average rates in New Zealand have gone up by $84,” he said
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