I was talking to a retired couple who are Hastings District Council ratepayers the other day. They made the point that the cost of living in their home with rates and insurance was rapidly eroding their lifestyle.
Hawke’s Bay and Hastings is a great place to live and we want to keep it affordable and perhaps more importantly, we want to attract more people to live here. To do that we must keep cost of living as low as possible and council must keep their rates below inflation. Only in extraordinary circumstances could there be any reason to go above inflation.