Friday, 2 June 2017
Annual Plan Decisions
Clutha District Councillors met yesterday to make budget decisions relating to the 2017/18 Annual Plan.
Those decisions included:
Funding of $30,000 towards developing a business case for the extension of the cycling/walking Clutha Gold Trail – from Lawrence through Milton and Waihola. This funding will come from Council’s Opportunities Fund and have nil impact on rates.
An additional $10,000 to the South Otago Historical Society for curator wages for the 2017/18 year only.
Funding of $32,500 towards Cosy Home’s Milton Airshed Pilot Programme. Cosy Homes is a charitable trust working to make all Otago homes warm and healthy by 2025. It recently submitted a proposal to the Otago Regional Council for a pilot programme in Milton. Council’s funding will be used as waiver for consent fees or the insulation subsidy – up to a maximum of $650 per home and a maximum of 50 homes. Funding will come from reserves built up over time from the Clean Air Warm Homes rate.
Council also approved a six-month loan of one of its vehicles to the Milton Health Trust, while the Trust works to find a more permanent solution to its needs. The Trust will be responsible for all costs while the vehicle is on loan. This is expected to have a minimal impact on the vehicle’s resale value.
Funding was also confirmed for the demolition of the Kaitangata Hall of $85,000 with $25,000 funded from reserves and $60,000 to be funded via the Kaitangata Community Service rate (spread over 25 years).
$60,000 was also confirmed for the ‘Working in Clutha’ programme run by Clutha Development, and an additional $10,000 for project management support to the Clutha Gold Trail project.
In total, we received 23 submissions to the Annual Plan.
The Annual Plan 2017/19 will be officially adopted on 14 June 2017, which is also when rates will be set for the coming year.
The overall rates increase is 2.56%, which is less than was forecast in 2015/25 Long Term Plan (3.23%).
The average urban rate increases range from 5.27% in Kaitangata to 1.09% in Lawrence. Average rural rates showed little change.
Mayor Bryan Cadogan thanked all those who made the effort to take part in the Annual Plan process.
Council also adopted its Schedule of Fees & Charges for 2017/18 at the meeting. This schedule contains the various fees and charges across council activities and services.
This included one significant change – an increase to building consent fees.
This is required because fee revenue has not been meeting funding policy targets meaning rates would have had to subsidise the activity if the fee increase was not implemented.
We received four submissions, three in favour of a one-off significant increase to building consent fees rather than smaller increases over three years. Consequently, building consent fees will increase so they meet 80-90% of the funding target for the 2017/18 year.