We currently provide a septic tank pump-out service to ratepayers in the former Waitākere City Council area. These ratepayers currently pay a targeted rate of $198 for this service but that does not cover the full cost.
What we are proposing
We are proposing to increase the Waitākere rural sewerage targeted rate to fully pay for the costs of running this service.
The new rate will depend on the outcome of contract negotiations and is likely to be between $260 and $320.
As part of this proposal we plan to stop providing the service to ratepayers in the Henderson-Massey and Upper Harbour local board areas.
This will mean that the service will only be provided to ratepayers in the Waitākere Ranges Local Board area, and the targeted rate would only be charged to those rate payers that receive the service.
What happens if we do not increase the targeted rate
If we continue the service but do not increase the targeted rate, then general ratepayers will continue to subsidise the septic tank pump-out service.
Stopping the service in the Waitākere Ranges Local Board area would require owners of these systems to arrange their own pump-outs.
The proposed changes would apply from 1 July 2021.
You can read more on the proposed changes on page 10 of the
Supporting Information document.