Annual Plan feedback closes 1 May
If you haven’t already provided feedback on the Council’s plans for the year ahead, there’s still time. Consultation closes at 5pm on Monday 1 May.
Mayor K Gurunathan says the planning for 2017/18 reflects the Council’s work following through on long term commitments while responding to more recent changes.
“In the coming year we need to carry out additional work resulting from new legislative changes, improve our community resilience in an environment impacted by recent earthquakes and severe weather events while improving our ability to deliver on our economic development strategy, particularly in light of the opening of the new Expressway.
“The vast majority of the 5.9% increase proposed is largely unavoidable, with the funding of depreciation and inflation accounting for 4.5% and new compliance costs a further 0.2%. This gives us a very narrow margin in which to accommodate any other initiatives.
“We’re keen to get feedback on our plans, and encourage people to take the time to find out about the plans for the year ahead and let us know what they think,” says Mayor Gurunathan.
Details of the proposed plans, which would mean an average rates increase across the district for 2017/18 of 5.9%, are set out in an easy-to-read consultation document. Copies can be picked up at Council service centres and libraries, and can be viewed on the Council website.
21 April 2017