2017 - 2018 Annual Plan Adopted
Monday, June 12, 2017
The South Taranaki District Council (STDC) adopted its 2017/18 Annual Plan on Monday (12 June) with a lower rate increase than what was projected in its Long Term Plan.
Following three weeks of public feedback, small increases in user fees for Normanby Hall and the cemeteries services were approved as well as an additional $30,000 grant to the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust. Even with the additional grant Council was able to reduce the District Rate* increase from 2.88% to 2.17%.
In addition the Plan sees Targeted Rates** for water and waste water rise by $16 and $24 respectively, (in line with the increases projected in the Long Term Plan), while the rubbish and recycling kerbside collection rate remains unchanged.
This means the total average rate increase for rural properties will be around 1 to 1.5% and for urban properties around 2.6%.
South Taranaki Mayor, Ross Dunlop, says he is pleased that Council has been able to reduce the rate increase for the new financial year, while also doing the things needed to progress a vibrant and prosperous district.
“Our Council is always conscious of the need to keep any rate increases to a minimum, so we are pleased that by keeping a tight control on expenditure, and savings made through lower inflation and borrowing costs, we have been able to reduce the 2017/18 rate increase from what was projected in year three of our Long Term Plan,” saysMayor Dunlop.
“At the same time Council continues to progress our priority projects such as the Hawera Town Centre upgrade, Opunake Beach upgrades, STDC’s contribution to the Opunake Stormwater diversion work, the district’s Pathways Project, the new Regional Landfill south of Eltham, and earthquake strengthening key public buildings such as the Hunter Shaw Building in Patea and the Manaia Town Hall,” he says.
Other projects the Council will progress in 2017/18 include: $4.5 million of district water supply improvements, $1.5 million for district wastewater improvements, and a new access road to Wai-inu Beach (known as the Nukumaru Road extension).
The Full 2017 - 2018 Annual Plan can be found here.
* The District Rate is made up of the General Rate, Roading Rate and the Uniform Annual General Charge
**Targeted Rates are generally only paid by urban ratepayers
By the numbers:
Total Expenditure is $62.8 million
26% of Council operational expenditure goes into Roading and footpaths
62% of Council operational expenditure is on the core activities of roads, water and waste
40% of Council’s projected income will come from sources other than rates (14% will come from the Council’s Long Term Investment Fund)
The value of the Long Term Investment Fund is projected to increase to $136.7 million (including internal borrowings of $11.84 million)
Total debt is projected to increase to $146.03 million (including internal borrowings of $11.84 million) by the end of 2017-18.
Projects/Highlights in Annual Plan
$580,000 Patea reticulation improvements
$580,000 District Fire Hydrant reticulation improvements
$1 million District urban water supply renewals
$200,000 Eltham Water Treatment Plant filter improvements
$120,000 Rahotu Water Treatment Plant clarifier replacement
$1.9 million Waimate West Water Supply works
$95,000 Inaha Water Treatment Plant improvements
$356,000 District Stormwater upgrades/renewals
$1.5 million District wastewater projects (including$126,000 Waiinu Beach wastewater plant relocation)
$3.9 million STDC contribution for development of new regional landfill
$120,000 Opunake Beach projects
$70,000 Opunake Beach Holiday Park
$75,000 Waverley Playground
$75,000 Wai-inu Playground
$259,000 Pensioner housing upgrades
$102,000 Eltham Pool upgrades
$200,000 for Patea LibraryPlus roof
$210,500 Manaia Town Hall
District wide Pathways Projects
Hawera Town Centre Redevelopment (including the new Centre for Heritage, Arts, Library, Culture and i-SITE)
Nukumaru Station Road extension
Opunake Stormwater work