Meridian disputes rates bill

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Meridian is challenging the amount it will pay in district rates – leaving councillor June Slee “horrified”.

In the Draft Revenue and Financing Policy (DRFP) and Draft 2015-25 Long Term Plan, council proposes charging Meridian Energy about $937,000 for its six hydro-electric stations – Ohau A, Ohau B, Ohau C, Lake Aviemore, Lake Benmore and Waitaki River.

The increase from just under $815,000, which the company paid in the last financial year, was “not reasonable or fair”, Meridian said.

By Daniel Birchfield

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