Kaipara District Council (KDC) has confirmed it has spent more than $1.5 million in legal costs to defend the validity of controversial rates charges.
The $1.5 million figure only includes costs up to September 2018. Costs since September 2018 have still to be calculated. Retired lawyer Clive Boonham, who has followed the case, suggests the running total will now be closer to $2.5 million.
The bulk of the money has been spent fighting court action brought against the KDC by Mangawhai Heads ratepayers, Bruce and Heather Rogan, who are staunchly refusing to pay penalties of about $13,000, allegedly due because of late payment of their rates. ... read more