Annual Plan document to go out to public next week

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11/04/2019 3:00:00 p.m.

11 April 2019

Rotorua Lakes Council’s proposed 201920 annual plan includes an average 4.9% rates increase, less than the 5.1% increase signalled in the 2018-28 Long-term Plan (LTP).

A 2019/20 Annual Plan information/consultation document will be available to the public from Monday, 15 April.

Most of the Annual Plan document is information for the public on progress to date against projects and work set out in the LTP. There will also be information about rates.

Feedback is sought on one matter, a proposal to consider changing how wastewater services are managed and delivered. Feedback on this will provide input into future decision-making and any proposed change regarding this would require further consultation.

The 2019/20 Annual Plan also introduces a new sewage targeted rate for Rotoma.

Mayor Steve Chadwick noted during today’s Full Council meeting, at which the document was approved to go out to public, that the initial 5.1% increased indicated in the LTP was reduced at the request of elected members following concerns and discussion about affordability during annual plan workshops.

Elected member workshops were held in February and March to help develop the Annual Plan and resulted in a commitment to the direction and delivery of the 2018-28 Long-term Plan that was adopted last  June.

The Annual Plan document will be available for public feedback from Monday, 15 April and there will be a number of ways to provide feedback, including opportunities to speak directly with elected members. The document, supporting information and details about public engagement events and feedback options will be available on Council's website and in hard copy.

About the 2019/20 Annual Plan (annual budget)

  • The annual plan is the link between the LTP and the annual setting of rates. It details the annual budget and any changes/differences to what is in the LTP.
  • The 2019/20 financial year, which starts 1 July, is Year 2 of the LTP.
  • The Annual Plan process is an opportunity to review the progress of delivery of work programmes and projects and affirm the budget for the year.

Elected member workshops to provide direction into development of the Annual Plan were held in February and March and concluded that:

  • The set direction has not changed – there is commitment to the delivery of the 2018-28 Long-term Plan (LTP);

  • Council faces a number of key challenges including sourcing of external funding; ongoing commitment to engagement and partnering; condition of assets (including what we don’t know); resource consenting;

  • The challenges have impacted on delivery, mainly relating to timing of some of the large capital projects.

Annual Plan financials

  • Proposed rates increase: 4.9% (LTP proposed 5.1%).

  • Proposed capital projects spend: $89.9M (LTP proposed $76.2m). The increase reflects changes in timing of projects ie work moving from current financial year to the 2019/20 financial year)

  • Proposed borrowing: $41.4M (LTP proposed $25.6m. The change reflects timing changes relating to projects, as above)

The Long-term Plan

The 2018-28 Long-term Plan (LTP) was adopted in June 2018 following consultation and engagement with the community.

It sets out work programmes and projects to be delivered across the 10 years of the plan.

It is the action plan that connects the district’s 2030 vision to action and invests in work programmes and projects for the benefit of our community now, and for the future.

The LTP is abased around five key themes:

  • Reviving our facilities

  • Environmental sustainability

  • Growing our district

  • Keeping the foot on the pedal of progress

  • Funding and delivery

You can view the LTP HERE on Council’s website

Annual Plan timeline

  • 11 April: Approve information/consultation document.

  • 15 April: Information/consultation document becomes publicly available and public feedback opens.

  • 7 and 9 May: World Café-style feedback sessions where people can speak directly to elected members and their feedback will be documented.

  • 17 May: Feedback closes.

  • 13 June: Final Annual Plan recommendations presented to Full Council.

  • 27 June: Adoption of 2019/20 Annual Plan (annual budget).

Today's meeting was livestreamed and the recording can be accessed via THIS LINK on Council's website. The agenda and presentation relating to this matter can be accessed at the same link.

 

Page reviewed: 11 Apr 2019 3:00pm