Tauranga draft annual plan consultation starts

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Tauranga City Council has started consulting on its budget and work plans for the year beginning July 1.
The draft Annual Plan 2020/21 comes at a time of social and economic upheaval, and the council is seeking public feedback to help guide the city through its challenges.

The council had initially proposed a 12.6 per cent average rates rise to build infrastructure for our growing city, says a council spokesperson.

“This has been trimmed back to 7.6 per cent to ease the financial pressure on ratepayers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The budget still allows for investment in much-needed infrastructure, providing a platform for our city to recover once the crisis has passed.
“The council intends to be flexible to the changing needs of the community, and public submissions will help guide any further changes to the plan.”
Key proposals for this year include:
• An overall average rates increase of 7.6 per cent. This would increase rates by $2.28 a week for the median residential ratepayer and $12.13 a week for the median commercial ratepayer
• Reducing the Uniform Annual General Charge (UAGC), which is the fixed portion of rates, from $475 a year to $305
• A commercial differential of 1:1.2, meaning businesses pay $1.20 in general rates for every $1 paid by homeowners for properties of the same value
The council is also consulting on user fees, the draft Development Contributions Policy, and changes to the Revenue and Finance Policy.
Normally, the council would provide printed copies of the consultation documents at its libraries and Willow St service centre.

This year, however, the documents will only be available online because of lockdown measures during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The documents and other information can be found at www.tauranga.govt.nz/annualplan2020
Key dates
Public consultation: 3 April – 3 May
Submission hearings: 13-15 May (if possible)
Council deliberations: 2-4 June
Adoption of annual plan: 30 June




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5 Comments

Have your say

Posted on 07-04-2020 12:16 | By A M Lusby

Well said all of you. I have filled in an online submission form. I am encouraging all of you to do the same. We have to fight against this

What they really mean.

Posted on 06-04-2020 13:13 | By morepork

"Let’s spend as much as we can and tell them they can have input to our decisions, to pacify them a bit. We should be able to milk a bit out of the Government’s Pandemic funding and the rest we can just screw the Ratepayers... Make sure any suggestions from the public are archived somewhere not easily accessible and don’t waste time considering them; it’s us who runs this town, just like the Mayor has shown."

Clueless

Posted on 04-04-2020 07:39 | By Slim Shady

They obviously choose to ignore the impending financial crisis and carry on feeding at the trough. They should be reducing rates, cutting staff, cutting Councillors and slashing Councillors wages. And seriously stopping all the nice to haves nonsense like Ngatai Rd that they call ‘investment’. Wake up.

Really

Posted on 03-04-2020 19:41 | By Kancho

So the pandemic will not affect the democratic process of submissions on the said plan? So business as usual regardless of a distorted time line. Submissions if possible means ? Perhaps not ? Doubtful I would surmise. So still out of touch maybe ?

Lloyd Downs Ratepayer

Posted on 03-04-2020 19:37 | By EGD

Commonsense would suggest that in the current situation there should be a nil increase in rates this year. Have our Council got any ?

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