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Views on rates, technology and library closure

Media release
9 May 2005

Community expresses views on rates, technology and library closure:

“The Waitakere public appear to be generally satisfied with their city, judging by the number of submissions to the 2005-2006 Annual Plan,” says Councillor Janet Clews, Chairman of the Annual Plan and Long Term Council Community Plan Committee.

“Numbers tend to increase dramatically when the public have deep concerns, but there have been only 460 submissions, just 10 more than last year. Submissions closed on 4 May.

Rates increases, the proposed closure of the Te Atatu library and the proposed Waitakere Ranges protection legislation attracted the largest number of submissions.

“The proposed 7.65 % overall rates increase, perhaps understandably, formed a significant section of the 180 general rates submissions,” says Councillor Clews.

“In addition, a number of submissions came from outlying areas, such as Piha and Herald Island, reflecting concerns that rates have risen as a result of property revaluation,” she says.

Some 44 submitters said that the Te Atatu South library is a frequently used community asset and should not be closed.

30 responses to the proposed Waitakere Ranges legislation were received, varying from clearly defined opposition or support for a protection bill, to questioning the consultation process.

12 correspondents asked that funding be allocated to develop and support an integrated transport and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure so that all commuters have the option of working at or near their homes.

“It is encouraging to see how many people used the on-line form. The submissions followed the usual pattern of a steady trickle turning into a small “flood” in the last few days before the deadline,” says Councillor Clews.

“On the issue of rating, 30 people sent letters to the Council, but did not target them specifically to the Annual Plan. Therefore, they cannot be included in it but have been sent to the Rates Group Manager for consideration,” she says.

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