19 May 2017
Rotorua Lakes Council has received 295 submissions to its 2017/18 Annual Plan with 41 people indicating they want to speak to elected members about their submissions at hearings scheduled for next Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Annual Plan Consultation Document which was open for submissions outlined a number of key matters about which Council wanted feedback.
The agenda for the hearings next Tuesday and Wednesday is available on Council’s website HERE and includes a timetable for the hearings and the submissions of those who wish to be heard.
Hearing of submissions by the Strategy, Policy & Finance Committee will start at 11.30am on Tuesday 23 May and at 9.30am on Wednesday 24 May with submitters given time slots to present to the committee. Each will have 10 minutes with five minutes to speak and five minutes allocated for questions.
Submissions received focussed on the key matters about which Council was consulting.
Copies and a summary of all 295 submissions received will be included in a report to go to the June Strategy, Policy & Finance Committee meeting and will be publicly available ahead of that meeting.
At its June meeting the committee will deliberate and make recommendations to the Full Council for its consideration and final decisions regarding the 2017/18 Annual Plan.
The 2017/18 Annual Plan will be adopted late June, ahead of the new financial year which begins 1 July.
Council has been consulting on several key plans which, together, will guide future direction and decisions. The annual plan is a building block for achieving long-term goals and 2017/18 is year three of Council’s current Long-term Plan.
The annual plan will set out the activities Council will undertake during the 2017/18 year, the resources needed to deliver them and how they will be funded (eg general rate, targeted rate, user pays). Consultation focused on matters which differ from, or are additional to, what’s already in the Long-term Plan.
Key matters consulted on for development of the 2017/18 Annual Plan were the proposed East Rotoiti/Rotoma sewerage scheme; expansion and changes to waste services and how these are funded; proposed earthquake strengthening and redevelopment of the Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre; a proposed Museum recovery targeted rate and proposed changes to how the community boards are funded.
The annual plan consultation document also covered decisions that underpin the annual plan proposals, outlined the proposed capital spend for the 2017/18 year and the proposed rates increase and asked for feedback on how short-term rental accommodation should be regulated.
There are a number of initiatives and projects Council considers are important for the community this coming financial year to help the district progress towards its long-term goals and these are on top of the normal services and activities undertaken by the council.
To cover everything, a 3.8% average (across the district) general rates increase has been proposed. The increase will differ per property, based on category and capital valuation.
The level of rates is affected by the cost of providing services and undertaking new work to cater for the future. This is taken into account in setting rates for the year.
Next week's annual plan hearings will be held in the Council Chamber and are open to the public and will be livestreamed.
Submissions to the annual plan closed 12 May but to find out what was proposed, what went out to public consultation, what your rates pay for and other information about work planned for the 2017/18 financial year go to THIS LINK on Council’s website.