Zero rate rise sustainable: mayor

An average overall rates increase of 0% is something very few district councils have achieved and ''it is sustainable'', Queenstown Lakes Mayor Vanessa van Uden told councillors this week.

Ms van Uden made the comment when the 2013-14 annual plan was tabled for adoption. The 0% increase was in contrast to the 2.21% average overall rates increase signalled for 2013-14 in the long-term plan.

Regulatory and corporate services general manager Roger Taylor told councillors there were ''no skeletons of debt that we're aware of'' regarding his recommendation Ms van Uden and council chief executive Adam Feeley, as shareholders, wind up Lakes Leisure and Lakes Environmental.

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