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Palmerston North City Council may drop its 4.4 per cent rates increase to 1.95 per cent following the hardships of a Covid-19 recession.
Nearly half the public submissions on the draft budget asked council to freeze rates or reduce the increase.
But Councillor Susan Baty said it would not be possible to freeze rates and still build a progressive city.
Are they making the right decision?
16.2% Āe, we need a rise to progress the city16.2% Complete
83.8% Kāore, families are suffering and need a buffer83.8% Complete
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