The Dunedin City Council has pencilled in a 3% rates rise for
its next budget, but only after a last-minute warning the
council was ''tempting fate'' by planning to spend $600,000
in hard-earned savings.
The DCC cannot afford to be ''profligate'' when attention
turns to its next budget later this week, despite staff
trimming millions of dollars of spending to cut the forecast
rates increase to just 2.5%, Mayor Dave Cull says.