2.5% Average Rate Increase
Thursday, July 02, 2015
South Taranaki District Councillors unanimously adopted their 2015 – 2025 Long Term Plan at Monday (29 June) night’s ordinary Council meeting.
The Plan sees a modest 2.5% average annual rate increase over the next ten years, which is less than the Local Government rate of inflation.
South Taranaki District Mayor, Ross Dunlop says this Long Term Plan is one of the best and most exciting plans that he has had the privilege of being involved with and reflects Council’s approach to building a strong and vibrant district.
“This Plan represents a great balance between doing the things we need to do to progress the district and affordability. With an average 2.5% annual rate increase over the next ten years this is one of the lowest I’ve seen for a District Council in the country,” says Mayor Dunlop.
“Previously, Council’s focus has been on upgrading our water and wastewater infrastructure and key community facilities. We are now in the enviable position of having completed most of the costly upgrades that many Councils’ are still facing,” says Mr Dunlop.
“The focus for the next ten years is on maintaining our current assets and core services as well as implementing projects to retain and grow our population,” he says.
“Because Council was very conscious of the need to keep rates at an affordable level we have funded many of our key projects with existing reserves and earnings from the Council’s Long TermInvestment Fund, rather than through rates,” says Mr Dunlop.
Mayor Dunlop says Council’s Long Term Plan contains a number of exciting projects designed to make South Taranaki an attractive and desirable place to live and do business.
- The Hawera Town Centre Development
- Civic Centre (part of the Hawera Town Centre Development) – including a new library,public toilets, art gallery/exhibition space, information centre and potential bus stop
- Network of Walkways and Cycleways across the district
- Earthquake Prone Buildings Assistance Package
- New sports/clubroom facility for Taumata Park
- ManaiaTown Pool Upgrade
- Opunake Beach Improvements
Mayor Dunlop says that the Council received very clear direction from the 368 public submissions for what they wanted to see in the Long Term Plan. “Support for projects such as the Hawera Town Centre Development and development of a network ofcycleways and walkways was very high at 90% and 93% respectively.”
The Council’s Long Term Plan outlines the key issues, projects and services the Council intends on carrying out over the next ten years – along with the impact on rates.
Average Total Rates increase over the next ten years 2.5% pa
Projected Total Expenditure over next ten years - $646 million
Projected Total Revenue over next ten years - $688 million
Projected Total Debt by 2025 - $142 million
Projected value of Long Term Investment Fund by 2025 - $162 million
Other upcoming projects and highlights over the next ten years
|New Sports/Clubroom facility, Taumata Park, Eltham||$500,000||2015-17|
|Eltham Water Projects||$2,060,000||2015-18|
|Eltham/Rawhitiroa Pool upgrades||$406,000||2015-18|
|Eltham Town Hall||$210,000||2019/20|
|Eltham Wastewater Pojects||$1,150,000||2015-25|
|Eltham Playground Upgrade||$176,000||2019-22|
|Kaponga Victoria Park Playground||$68,000||2019/20|
|Kaponga Town Pool Upgrades||$42,000||2015-17|
|Kaponga Wastewater Plant De-sludging||$110,000||2021/22|
|Opunake Beach Improvements||$237,000||2016-18|
|Opunake Beach Holiday Park/Playground||$175,000||2016-18|
|Opunake Library Upgrades||$108,000||2018-21|
|Te Namu Pa Bridge Opunake||$79,000||2016/17|
|Opunake Wastewater Improvements||$778,000||2015-25|
|Manaia Town Hall Upgrades||$195,000||2017/18|
|Manaia Town Pool upgrade||$684,000||2018-21|
|Manaia Library Upgrades||$58,000||2015/16|
|Patea Library Upgrades||$111,000||2015-17|
|Patea Public Toilet Replacement||$266,000||2024/25|
|Patea Water Reticulation||$639,000||2016-18|
|Waverley Library Upgrades||$67,000||2016-18|
|Waverley Beach Holiday Park/toilets Upgrades||$293,000||2018/19|
|Waverley Community Centre||$55,000||2019/20|
|Waverley Wastewater Projects||$241,000||2019-25|
|Waiinu Wastewater Treatment Plant||$888,000||2015-17|
Grants and Funding
The Council also approved the following funding requests:
An additional $20,000 to go towards berm mowing with the priority being Manaia berms.
Rotokare Scenic Reserve Trust - $50,000 annual grant for next 3 years
Opunake Sports and Recreation Trust - $20,000 annual grant for next 3 years
Hawera Cinema 2 Trust - $50,000 annual grant for next 3 years
Surf Lifesaving NZ - $27,177 annual grant for next 3 years (increased each year for inflation)
Taranaki Arts Festival Trust - $30,000 annual grant for next 3 years
Taranaki Garden Trust - $6,000 annual grant for next 3 years
Taranaki Enviroschools - $5,000 annual grant for next 3 years
SouthTaranaki Museum Trust – one off grant of $50,000 for stage 2 building project
Citizen’s Advice Bureau -$6,960 annual grant for next 3 years
South Taranaki Womens Centre - $2,000 annual grant for next 3 years
The Village Gallery Eltham - $3,000 annual grant for next 3 years
Paepae in the Park -$5,000 annual grant for next 3 years
District Network of Walkways/Cycleways
|1||Improvements to existing community walkways eg Opunake Walkway|
|2||Manaia – walkway around the township perimeter|
|3||Denby Road to Waihi Beach and Nowells Lake Loop|
|4||Patea Dam to Lake Rotokare mountain bike trail|
|5||Puawai Street (Hawera) off road mountain bike route|
|6||Normanby – Hawera commuter route|
Note:Pathways 3 to 6 are new routes and completion is subject to external funding,the negotiation of access and in some cases the support of user groups. It is also possible that some sections maybe delayed or not proceed as a result of access issues.