Clutha District Council is seeking the community’s feedback on the proposed Annual Plan 2019/20, including a proposal with options about future Milton Service Centre and Pool facilities.
Mayor Bryan Cadogan said one unavoidable fact that Milton and the entire district needed to address, was that Milton’s swimming pool was cracked right down the middle, and its library/information centre was not up to earthquake standards.
“Not only is doing nothing not an option, I believe this is a defining moment as we ask Milton what trajectory they want their town to take for the next 50 years.”
He said Council had done more investigative work for Our Place Milton about community facilities and was able to provide more information including a new option for residents and ratepayers to consider.
Council was asking people to choose between one of three options:
- Keep the current pool going, doing the minimum required, by patching up cracks or by relining it with a fibre glass or stainless steel liner.
- Build a new purpose-built pool in Milton on or near the existing facility.
- Building a new combined service centre and pool facility on the site of the existing Service Centre between Union and Ajax streets.
He said not only would the options have an impact on Milton and the Bruce area but also all Clutha ratepayers throughout the district.
“I encourage everyone to have their say. Milton has so much untapped potential.”
The Annual Plan 2019/20 provides an update to the second year of the Long Term Plan (LTP) 2018/28 with updated draft budgets.
New projects in the proposed Annual Plan 2019/20 included an overall district plan review, sealing Balclutha’s Elizabeth/Charlotte streets car park, and a sewerage and water extension at Gabriel’s Gully in Lawrence.
It also contained a slightly higher rates increase (3.92% compared with 3.12% signalled in the LTP), but a lower amount of debt compared to the forecasts in the 2019/20 year of the LTP 2018. There was a marginally lower level of investment income than forecast in the LTP 2018.
Council is holding an Information Drop-In about the proposed Annual Plan 2019/20 on Tuesday 9 April at the Bruce Country Club from 4pm to 8pm and invites people to attend.
To read the full Annual Plan Consultation Document, supporting information and to fill out the feedback form visit any Council office or look online at www.cluthadc.govt.nz/consultation
Please pass on feedback by 26 April 2019, so that Council can consider this ahead of making final decisions for the Annual Plan 2019-20 at their meeting on 16 May 2019.
Council will adopt the Annual Plan 2019/20 on 12 June 2019. It will take effect and apply from 1 July 2019.