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Doesn't Monday's Level-4 Covid-19 announcement make a stay of Tauranga City Council's process to fix the rates increase for the 2020-2021 year unavoidable, if not compulsory?
Not only has the financial future of thousands of ratepayers been placed under a dark cloud, but, also, the numbers and circumstances on which the council's forecast of its own income and expenditure is based are going to change markedly over the next few months, and probably for much longer. Everything's been turned upside down.
Furthermore, consultation through a public in-person hearing is no longer possible. That flaw alone might invalidate the process.
The council should suspend the rates review process immediately and go into its new financial year with the rates unchanged.
To do otherwise, in my view, would be foolhardy and, yes, arrogant.
The time to go ahead with a review is when things have settled down and there is a stable situation to deal with; not now.