Tauranga City Councillors are waiting to hear what the public thinks about their plans for the coming year.
Public consultation on Tauranga City Council's draft Annual Plan 2017/18 is now open, and submissions can be made until 5pm on Thursday April 20, 2017. Click here for more.
The Annual Plan process updates the work plans and budgets council previously set through the Long Term Plan (LTP). Any significant differences are brought to the community for review and feedback.
Significant differences to next year's budget are:
• A proposal to fund $4m towards an iconic Visitor Information Centre in Mount Maunganui to support the growth of the tourism sector in Tauranga,
• Requests from the Papamoa and Mount Mainstreet organisations to increase their targeted rates, which are paid by commercial ratepayers in each area, and
• Some differences in planned rates and debt levels, with our fast-paced growth requiring that we reprioritise investment and spend money sooner than planned. This means a proposed rates increase of 3.8 per cent instead of the 3.5 per cent agreed through the LTP, net debt at $462m instead of $427m and the debt to revenue ratio at 221 per cent instead of 215 per cent.
These proposals are set out in a Consultation Document available at www.tauranga.govt.nz/annual-plan-2017-18, in the Council Service Centre at 91 Willow Street and in local libraries.
“We are also seeking feedback on some proposed changes to user fees, and to the draft Development Contributions Policy 2017/18,” says a statement from the council.
“Supporting information and submission forms are available on Council's website and in service centres.”
Talk it over with Elected Members and staff
Elected Members and staff will be at the Little Big Markets at Coronation Park Mount Maunganui, on Saturday April 1 from 9am – 2pm.
Otherwise please be in touch with any questions on email@example.com 07 577 7000. You can also contact Elected Members on firstname.lastname@example.org leave them a voicemail on 07 985 6171.
• Public consultation: March 20 until 5pm April 20
• Submission hearings: May 9-12
• Council deliberations: June 7-9
• Adoption: June 28