Annual Plan Reduces Rate Increase 2019/20
Tuesday, April 02, 2019
The South Taranaki District Council (STDC) is proposing a lower rate increase in its 2019/20 Annual Plan compared to what was initially projected in its 2018-28 Long Term Plan.
The Council, which approved its Annual Plan at Monday night’s (1 April) meeting, is proposing to reduce the total rate increase from 3.47% to 2.98%.
The effect on individual properties will vary due to the district wide property revaluation which took place in 2018, where commercial and residential properties saw a significant increase in value compared to rural properties which saw a more modest increase.
South Taranaki Mayor, Ross Dunlop, says he is pleased that Council has been able to reduce the projected rate increase.
“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 borrowing costs, we have been able to reduce the 2019/20 rate increase from what was projected in year two of our Long Term Plan.”
Mayor Dunlop says Council’s focus for the next year continues to be on the revitalization of the Hāwera Central Business District, (primarily the development of the Library, culture and arts centre,Te Ramanui o Ruapūtahanga), development of town centre strategies for Eltham, Manaia, Opunake, Patea and Waverley, implementation of the District Pathways Programme and further improvements to the district’s water and wastewater infrastructure.
Other notable projects the Council is working on in 2019/2020 include;
- designing a new community facility in Manaia
- upgrading the Manaia swimming pool
- earthquake strengthening Patea’s Hunter Shaw building,
- installing fully contained ablution pods at Halse Place, Opunake and Waihi Beach Reserve
- building the Waiinu Beach wastewater plant, Waverley Water Treatment Plant and pipe replacements for Eltham Water Treatment Plant
- completing a feasibility study for an industrial park
- developing of a district digital strategy and
- building the Nukumaru Station Road extension south of Waverley.
Mayor Dunlop also says that due to changes to the Local Government Act, councils’ are no longer required to consult with the community on their annual plans if there are no significant changes from what was outlined in their Long Term Plans.
“Because there are no significant changes and the rate increase is actually lower than what was outlined in the Long Term Plan, the Council has decided not to do a formal Special Consultative Procedure. However, we are still giving the public an opportunity to provide feedback on the Plan if they wish to.”
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Feedback can be submitted until Friday 26 April.
By the numbers:
Total Expenditure is $64.2 million
25% of Council operational expenditure goes into Roading and footpaths
60% 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 (11% will come from the Council’s Long Term Investment Fund)
The value of the Long Term Investment Fund is projected to increase to $144.62 million (including internal borrowings of $18.25 million)
Total debt is projected to increase to $138.32 million (including internal borrowings of $18.25 million) by the end of 2019-20.