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All four of Central Otago’s community boards have approved projected rates for recommendation to the Central Otago District Council for inclusion in its 2022-23 annual plan.

The budgets were presented to the boards in meetings that took place in the first two weeks of this month.

Last week it was revealed ratepayers in the Cromwell ward face a projected rates increase of 4.1%, while those in Maniototo ward will see a .4% decrease.

The week before, ratepayers in the Teviot Valley and Vincent wards were told they faced increases of at least 5%.

One by one, each community board’s projected rates were presented from the 2022-23 annual plan budgets for recommendation to the council’s 2022-23 annual plan.

The figures for all wards had been revised from those initially presented in February.

In the case of Cromwell, community board members at a meeting on May 10 were presented with corrected figures that had resulted in an average rates increase of 4.1%, excluding district-wide rates and metered water.

In February, the council-wide average annual rates increase was projected to be 7.7%, down from 7.8% as adopted for year two of the 2021-31 long-term plan.

At that time, the Cromwell ward’s average rates increase, excluding district-wide rates and metered water, was projected to be about 2.4%.

The overall council rates, while still being finalised with the council, were also projected to be less than the initially reported 7.7%.

It was a similar tale for the Maniototo Community Board at a meeting last Thursday.

In February, the Maniototo ward’s average rates decrease, excluding district-wide rates and metered water, was projected to be about 1.2%.

The average rates decrease for the ward was revised and reduced to a 0.4% decrease, again excluding district-wide rates and metered water.

The slight change was due to a small increase in elected member costs and movements in the general reserves in Maniototo.

At a meeting of the Teviot Valley Community Board on May 5, members learned Teviot Valley ratepayers will have an average rates increase of 5.2% plus district and water rates, which are yet to be added.

In February, that average rates increase, excluding district-wide rates and metered water, was projected to be about 6.9%.

At a meeting of Vincent Community Board on May 2, members were told ratepayers in the ward faced an average rates rise of 5%, also before district and water rates were included.

In February, the Vincent ward’s average rates increase, excluding district-wide rates and metered water, was projected to be about 5.9%.