WDC hosts rates discussion

Mar 2nd, 2018 | By | Category: Hot Topics, Latest News

The Waikato District Council will host a public information session on its Long Term Plan in Tamahere on Thursday, March 15, 6pm to 7.30pm

The plan proposes a general rate rise of 6.24% for 2018/19, dropping to 4.8% then 3.73% over the next two years, and 3% in the following years.

The session at the Tamahere Community Centre is designed to discuss with locals the issues being raised in the plan, and to answer any questions.

In addition to the general rate rise, there will be increases in targeted rates for localised services such as water supply and refuse collections, so overall rates rises may be significant for some communities.

Details about the council’s Long Term Plan (LTP), including its infrastructure and finance strategies for the next 10 years, are set out in a consultation document which will be delivered to all residents and ratepayers in the district.

The document, adopted this week, says the council’s 10-year plan aims to balance the need to spend on infrastructure such as roads and waters services, maintain it and develop it to accommodate growth while also keeping rates at an affordable level.

Public consultation on the LTP will include options for saving $28.3m on managing the district’s waters services, with a recommendation that Watercare Services Ltd be contracted to do this through a council-appointed Waters Governance Board.

It would keep targeted rates increases under 5% for all waters services from 2019/20.

Other options for public consultation include reducing the fixed charge portion of the general rate to reduce the rates burden on lower value properties.

Consultation opens on March 14 and submissions close on Monday, April 16.

The second in the series of information sessions around the district will be held at the Matangi Hall, Wednesday, April 4 at 6.30-8pm.

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One Comment to “WDC hosts rates discussion”

  1. Aksel Bech says:

    Please come along to this public information evening to discuss the headline issues in the proposed new Long Term Plan (LTP) -with staff in attendance to answer any other questions of interest as well.

    Due to the importance of giving everyone an opportunity to provide input into the LTP, all residents and ratepayers will also receive a printed copy of the Consultation Document in the mail next week. Please note this document may arrive after the information evening on the 15th of March as Tamahere is the very first community to host this LTP event -so do come along to hear about the details of the LTP first hand.

    There will also be an up-to-date detailed plan of the Expressway off-ramps and road lay-out (from Annebrooke to SH21/Airport road round-about on display and I will also be in attendance throughout the evening 6pm to 7.30pm and will be happy to assist with any queries also.

    With thanks

    Aksel Bech, your Councillor for Tamahere.

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