Annual Plan signals rate increases between 1 and 2.5%
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
The South Taranaki District Council (STDC) is proposing a lower rate increase in its 2017/18 Annual Plan compared to what was initially projected in its 2015-25 Long Term Plan.
The Council, which approved its Annual Plan for public feedback at Monday night’s (10 April) meeting, is proposing to reduce the District Rate* increase from 2.88% to 2.02%.
In addition the draft 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 2.5%.
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 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,” says Mayor Dunlop.
The Plan also proposes an increase in user charges for the cemeteries services and Normanby Hall to cover the cost of those services.
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 following three issues:
- The proposed reductionin the District Rate from 2.88% to 2.02%
- The proposed increase inNormanby Hall user fees
- The proposed increase incemetery user fees
Information on the proposed 2017 – 2018 Annual Plan will be published in the April 27 edition of Southlink in the Taranaki Star and can also be found here.
Feedback can be submitted from Thursday 27 April by clicking here.
Feedback closes at 5pm on Friday 19 May.
* 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 $62.7 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