Wellington City Council Long-term Plan 2022/23
Wellington Chamber of Commerce - Oral Submission
I want to start by acknowledging the work the Council put in earlier this year on the pandemic response and protest response packages. Our members have let us know how meaningful these packages were and in particular, $1 weekend parking, and the night parking proposal have helped reactivate the city centre. I want to thank everyone who worked with the Chamber to get these over the line. Unfortunately, though. There’s a reason those packages were needed.
Running a business in Wellington is not cheap. And right now, times are tough. Let me start by highlighting how expensive it is just to be here. This year’s 8.8% rates increase comes on top of a 16.5% increase last year, with rates estimated to nearly double through the 2020s.
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