Annual Plan

11 April 2017

Annual Plan 2017/18 open for feedback

Clutha District Council has adopted its Draft Annual Plan for 2017/8 for public consultation is seeking feedback from 12 April to 12 May 2017 before finalising the Annual Plan 2017/18.

The Annual Plan will provide an update on year three of the Long Term Plan 2015-2025. It will confirm the projects Council intends to deliver over the next financial year starting 1 July, and the timing of these. It also includes estimates of how much this is expected to cost.

This year the Annual Plan is proposing lower rates revenue and less internal debt for Council, compared with the forecast in the Long Term Plan.

It indicates a 2.37% increase in rates, this is below what was forecast in the Long Term Plan for the 2017/18 year.

It also includes some changes to Council's work programme, mainly around the timing of projects.

However, some new projects have been identified, including a switch to LED street lighting. This follows confirmation that central government will fund 85% of the cost, so while converting the district's 1,500 streetlights would cost an estimated $1 million, Clutha District ratepayers will only pay $150,000 towards it. The benefit is the LED lights will cost less to run and maintain and have less outages.

Other projects are sewerage improvements to help meet resource consent requirements, money for projects in our parks and reserves and with confirmation of a funding contribution from NZTA, we will also be repairing the Hina Hina Bridge to keep it fully functioning.

Mayor Bryan Cadogan urged everyone to have their say.

“Your input is always appreciated and helps us check we are on the right track.”

Ratepayers and residents can also provide feedback on the 2017/18 Schedule of Fees & Charges between 12 April and 12 May.

This is an amalgamation of the various fees and charges across Council activities and services. For the majority of areas they have increased from the previous year by the standard inflationary adjustment.

One significant change being highlighted is the proposal to increase building consent fees. This is required because fee revenue has not been meeting funding policy targets meaning rates would have to subsidise the activity. The proposal suggests a one-off significant increase or smaller increases over 3 years with a rates subsidy included.

Copies of the Annual Plan update, supporting information and Schedule of Fees & Charges are available on the consultations page of our website, along with online feedback forms.

Hard copies are available from any Council office or Service Centre.

Ends.

Contact:

Chief Executive Steve Hill

0800 801 350

Page reviewed: 15 Mar 2017 2:02pm