Where will rates buck stop?

Feb 15th, 2017 | By | Category: Hot Topics, Latest News
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Tamahere needs a new blueprint for its future development and how its residents want to see their more than $5 million in rates spent.

Are better roads and footpaths a priority? Or maybe it’s more community events and youth facilities.

Tamahere Community CommitteeThe Tamahere Community Committee, which is spearheading a new community plan, is keen to hear residents’ views before an important March deadline.

The last community plan was completed in 2011 and many of its projects have been completed or those, such as the village hub, sports fields, skate park and public piazza, soon will be.

The community needs to prioritise a new set of projects or facilities to give it a chance of getting a share of funding allocated by the Waikato District Council.

“As property owners and residents we pay more than $5 million a year in rates,” said committee spokeswoman Ro Edge.

“The council then allocates that money for things such as roads, footpaths, events, reserves and playgrounds taking into account the community’s feedback. So it’s very important the community tells us their priorities so we can advocate on their behalf.”

The committee will meet in mid-march to work on a project list that needs to be submitted to the council by March 31.

Locals are urged to give their views to the committee as soon as possible.

They don’t have to have the detail of a project, just a general concept is fine, Edge said.

“What would you like to see more of in Tamahere? Better roads, more footpaths, nicer reserves, destination playgrounds? What about walkways, cycleways, less flooding, clearing pest weeds, improved intersections, more community events, youth facilities and activities, improved signage?

“We’d love to hear people’s ideas. You name it, we’ll listen,”she said.

Views can be shared in the comment section below this story or emailed to the committee secretary, Donna Nicols, at tamaherecommunitycommittee16@gmail.com

It could be a case of use it or lose it in the priority setting stakes, Edge warned.

“With no priority projects our rates money could be allocated to other communities around the district which have better defined their needs,” she said.

Well supported projects will be included in the next Tamahere Community Plan and funding will be sought from council for them via the next Long Term Planning process.

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One Comment to “Where will rates buck stop?”

  1. Andrea Waddell says:

    I would like the council to concentrate on pest control particularly the over-run of rabbits, weed control with blackberry, ragwort and gorse and finally appropriate drainage plans taking account of run off from new housing. Back to fundamentals please.

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