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Environment Canterbury chairman Steve Lowndes says he is "comfortable" with the proposed overall 8.9 per cent rate increase, despite some parts of South Canterbury facing double-digit percentage increases.
A magnitude 3.3 earthquake off the coast of Timaru on Tuesday morning was the fifth to hit the area this month.
It's not as "grim" as it sounds, Environment Canterbury (ECan) says about its proposed 8.9 per cent total rates rise for the 2019-20 year.
On Thursday afternoon the ECan council approved its draft annual plan, which, after consultation and changes, has to be adopted by July 1.
If the proposed rise goes ahead unchanged, that will amount to another $25 a year on the rates bill for the owners of a $570,000 property in Christchurch, an extra $152 a year on a $5.1 million rural property in the Waimakariri district and about $13 a year on a $250,000 house in Waimate.