Community board approves 10.2% rate increase

Vincent Community Board ratepayers look set to have a 10.2% increase in their community board rates next financial year.

The board this week approved the increase, which will now be included in the Central Otago District Council's draft 2019-20 annual plan.

The increase is only on the community board rates. District ward and district-wide council rates are still to be struck and publicised.

A report from council corporate services executive manager Bernard Murphy said the 10.2% community board rates increase was mainly due to higher staff costs, costs to upgrade the Alexandra Memorial Theatre and engineering fees for the Clyde Museums.