WDC rate rises


The Waikato district general rate is to rise by 1.89%.

The increase was confirmed today as the Waikato District Council formally adopted its Annual Plan, which sets out what the council hopes to achieve in 2014/2015.

Waikato District Mayor Allan Sanson said in a statement that the council had agreed on a robust plan which met the needs of the community.

“We’ve taken a good look across all areas of the business and have worked hard to keep the general rate increase to 1.89% while still maintaining the level of service our community expects.”

Key decisions made by the Council include the adoption of a bi-lingual signage policy for new instruction and information signs.

Over $40,000 of additional grants and donations go to:
• Tamahere Reserve restoration planting
• Matangi Community Committee
• Puketaha School
• Raglan Community Radio
• Raglan Mountain Bike Club
• Glen Afton/Pukemiro Society Incorporated
• Taupiri Rugby Club
• Te Kauwhata cenotaph
• Tuakau Centennial Park lights
• Tuakau Museum
• Turangawaewae Rugby League Sports and Cultural Club
• Woodlands.

Funding for community projects includes:
• New footpaths to address health and safety concerns
• Toilet upgrades for Patterson Park, Ngaruawahia and Te Kauwhata
• Prioritisation work for toilets
• Facilities at the Onewhero Domain
• Information boards for Taupiri
• Emergency road works
• Training for rural fire brigades.

Mayor Sanson said he was really heartened by the level of community engagement during the Annual Plan process. Fifty-four submissions were made in person and in total 755 were submitted.

The Annual Plan will be available from July in all council offices and libraries and on the council’s website.

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