The council will investigate the possibility of increasing
some business' rates to cover costs incurred by tourists to
The idea was broached in response to a late submission to the
council's draft budget process which suggested a visitor levy
Cr Andrew Noone agreed with Cr Jinty MacTavish that it was a
The council's rates-funding working party should investigate
increasing the economic development tourism rate, he said.
The move could ultimately reduce rates for farmers and
"I just think that at some point we've got to consider the
impact [on rural ratepayers] of the decisions we make to
provide greater service levels for urban Dunedin."
He said he was not trying to create a "great divide" between
However, it should be acknowledged that where services were
provided, there was a difference.
Cr MacTavish, who had originally toyed with the concept of a
visitor levy, said Cr Noone's motion was effectively what a
levy would do.
It would pay for things such as wear and tear from increased
tourist bus traffic on Portobello Rd.
"Visitors should be contributing to the upkeep and
maintenance in the city, and if there's a way to address
that, we should be looking at it," she said.