The table and graph below show the comparison between inflation and Dunedin City Council rate increases over the past couple of decades.
For the first two years, the changes which followed local body amalgamation in 1989 mean it has not been possible to accurately calculate the DCC rates increase figure.
As the notes explain, major upgrades in the areas of water and wastewater, and significant building projects, have had a big effect on DCC rates rises over the period.
(ends 30 June)
| Inflation |
- Inflation - Consumers Price Index (CPI - this excludes interest rates), annual percentage change, Source: Statistics NZ, RBNZ. The 1997 to 2012 inflation figures are from the Statistics NZ website CPI quarterly releases. The 1993 to 1996 inflation figures have been calculated using the Statistics NZ website calculator.
- Rates - Dunedin City Council, annual percentage change to total rates.
- The 5.3% increase in inflation for 2011 includes a 2.3% increase in December when GST rose from 12.5% to 15%.
- Some of the significant projects and programmes that contributed to the rate increases are:
- New environmental standards resulted in the development of a Wastewater Treatment and Disposal Strategy. The Strategy resulted in a 20-year programme to improve the city's drainage system. The programme began in 1993/94. This included major work on wastewater treatment plants and the separation of stormwater and sewage.
- New drinking water standards resulted in a strategy approved in 1995 to improve water supply, quality and infrastructure. This was a 12-year programme.
- Between 2005/06 and 2011/12, large projects included the Toitū Otago Settlers Museum upgrade, the Dunedin Centre/Town Hall upgrade and the Forsyth Barr Stadium.
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