Where will rates buck stop?

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

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A rubbish re-think

Changes could be ahead for the way rubbish and recycling collections are done in Tamahere as the Waikato District Council reviews its solid waste policy.

Among the changes being mooted are the use of pre-paid rubbish bags and new-look recycling crates, the council’s General Manager Service Delivery, Tim Harty, told this month’s Tamahere Community Committee meeting.

As well, next month’s district-wide, inorganic refuse collection may be the last of its kind. A new proposal would require residents to book in for an inorganic collection.

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Submissions open on future of district

Waikato district ratepayers and residents can make their voice heard from today, with the opening of consultation for Year Two of the Long Term Plan – the draft Annual Plan 2013-14.

Mayor Allan Sanson says the draft plan does contain some changes from the second year of the Long Term Plan but the changes have been brought about by events throughout the year.

A public meeting is being held in the Tamahere Community Centre on Monday, April 15 from 7pm to allow people to assess the issues, discuss the proposals and prepare their thoughts before making submissions.

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Submissions sought on rates spend

An opportunity for Tamahere ratepayers to see the plans afoot for the rates they pay is on this Thursday at an open session in the Tamahere Community Centre.

What rates are spent on is detailed in the Waikato District Council’s 2012-2022 draft long term plan, a blueprint for the decade ahead, and now is the time to have a say by making a submission before its provisions are nailed down.

The plan presentation in the community centre on Thursday, April 26 is from 6pm to 7.30pm.

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