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:
Annual Plan financials
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:
You can view the LTP HERE on Council’s website
Annual Plan timeline
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.