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Friday 11 April 2014

 

Draft Annual Plan released for public consultation

 

Clutha District Council has adopted its Draft Annual Plan for 2014/15 for public consultation. 

 

The Annual Plan gives an update on year three of the Long Term Plan 2012-22. It confirms the projects and services Council intends to deliver over the next financial year starting 1 July, and also includes estimates of how much this is expected to cost.

 

Mayor Bryan Cadogan said this year’s Draft Annual Plan would propose an overall rates rise of 3.25%, down from the 4.33% which was projected in the Long Term Plan.

 

Mayor Cadogan said that while Council was pleased with the overall rates rise figure of 3.25%, it was important to note that rates changes in individual rating areas varied significantly depending on what was happening in any particular area.

 

Rural ratepayers, for example, could again expect a negligible rates change, while some townships faced higher increases ranging from 5.5% to 7.95%. These include:

  • Waihola, where upgrades are required to the sewage treatment system to ensure it can meet discharge consent conditions.

  • Lawrence where Council is making a loan-funded grant of up to $1.35 million towards construction of the new Tuapeka Aquatic Centre. This is assuming that construction begins and the grant is made during the 2013/14 financial year. Council will look to the community and group driving this project for any changes in timing.

  • Kaka Point and Stirling. In 2012, Council decided to phase in an increased community services rate for these townships in recognition that people from these areas use community facilities in Balclutha such as the swimming pooL.

“My plea to ratepayers is to consider your own individual circumstances and how we best balance the ability of people’s incomes to keep up, while ensuring our district moves forward,” Mayor Cadogan said.

 

One specific issue that Council is seeking feedback on is a request to seal the access road and car park at the Cross Recreation Centre. Sealing the road and car park would add a small amount to rates - 24 cents to $2.36 extra per year - depending on which ward you live in. Alternatively, the term of the existing loan-funded grant could be extended by six years, meaning no additional impact on rates.

 

A full copy of the Draft Annual Plan and Draft Annual Plan Summary is available online at www.cluthadc.govt.nz/AnnualPlan.htm, or from any Council office or Service Centre.

 

Submissions close on Monday 12 May 2014. 

 

Mayor Cadogan said the submission process was an opportunity for residents and ratepayers of the district to let Councillors know their thoughts on projects and activities before setting the rates for 2014/15.

 

“And as promised, it is my intention to visit each rating community for a ‘Soap Box’ session to give you a further opportunity to have your say and  contribute to what is the plan for our communities for the next year,” Mayor Cadogan said.

 

“Look out for details on when and where these will be happening, and please, we value your input and look forward to hearing your thoughts.”

 

ENDS

 


 
The following press releases/newsletters are also available:
 
APRIL 2014
New Chief Executive announced (Thursday 10 April 2014)
 
MARCH 2014
Fire serves as reminder of changes to rules (Monday 31 March 2014)
Elizabeth Street land and building purchase (Friday 21 March 2014)
 
 
FEBRUARY 2014
Two-stage replacement process for Livingstonia Park trees (Friday 28 February 2014)
Resident Survey Results 2013 (Wednesday 26 February 2014)
Southern mayors present joint publication on shared services (Monday 24 February 2014)
Settlement Support Forum (Tuesday 4 February 2014)
Lawrence-Tuapeka Community Newsletter February 2014 (PDF, 260kb, opens new window)
West Otago Community Newsletter February 2014 (PDF, 207kb, opens new window)
 
 
JANUARY 2014
Chance for Clutha youth to 'Get Dotted' (Wednesday 29 January 2014)
Cloth Nappy Workshop coming to Lawrence (Tuesday 28 January 2014)
 
 
2013 Media Release / Newsletter Archive
2012 Media Release / Newsletter Archive
2011 Media Release / Newsletter Archive
2010 Media Release / Newsletter Archive

 

 

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