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
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
Chief Executive Steve Hill
0800 801 350