Have your say

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

Mayor Allan Sanson is keen to see people read and make submissions on the draft plan.

“We really want to see Waikato district residents and ratepayers get into the spirit of this consultation, to tell us their views so we can make our decisions based on informed feedback about what matters to them.

“We know that people lead busy lives and the summary which will be distributed throughout the district will help them get to the core issues within the draft plan.”

The full document is available at the Ngaruawahia office, service centres and libraries.

“…and we would know that we’d really hit the mark if we ran out of the main document because of demand!”

Both the summary and the full document are also available on the council’s website (click here to view).

The submission forms are also on line  as a way of making it easier for people to make their submissions.

Key draft Annual Plan consultation items include:

  • Reduction in the proposed general rate increase from 2.37 per cent in the second year of the Long Term Plan, to 1.87 per cent in the draft Annual Plan.
  • The council proposes putting more money towards its Disaster Recovery Fund.
  • Targeted rate increases are proposed to go up by more than identified in the LTP for some halls, raglan recycling and district-wide refuse collection.
  • A new forestry targeted rate is proposed to help fund the maintenance of rural roads affected by the heavy vehicles servicing the forestry harvest.
  • A grant of up to $15,000 is proposed for the Raglan Chamber of Commerce to help fund a Sunday bus service.
  • Changes are proposed to grants and donations, with $20,000 proposed to be put aside for possible Annual Plan grants. People will be able to make submissions on the types of grants and donations that should be made and the benefit they provide to the community.

Some fees and charges are proposed to change.

Consultation closes Monday, 6 May 2013.

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