Rates. Even ratepayers who take a bare minimum of interest in council affairs can't help but pay attention when their rates bill arrives. The Bay of Plenty Times asked Tauranga's mayoral candidates about their goals for rates in their first term, if elected, and how they would approach managing the council's debt.

Inflation plus 2 per cent.

That is the rates increase cap some Tauranga mayoral candidates - those willing to put a number on their goal, at least - are promising to strive for if elected.

But based on forecast rates increases, they will have to get their scissors


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