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Wednesday, 20 February 2008

RATES PER HEAD ON WAIHEKE AND IN ALL AUCKLAND

The Auckland City Council's website shows that its total revenue for 2006/2007 was $552 million. The figures Gulf News dug out for us last year from the council using the official information legislation show that the total revenue for Waiheke Island was $15.1 million. Auckland's population in the 2006 census was 404,658. Waiheke's was 7689. Therefore the average rates per head over all of Auckland's administrative area was $1364. On Waiheke it was $1964. We pay our way.

In fact we more than pay our way, because we get fewer services than the mainland. We have no water or wastewater reticulation. So our share, proportionately, is even higher than the straight figures show.