Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Internal efficiencies mean lower rate rise

Internal efficiencies mean lower rate rise for Regional Council

For immediate release: 13 March 2014

Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s proposed general rates rise means an average increase per property of $2 per year, depending on where you live.

The Council’s Draft Annual Plan for 2014/15, adopted yesterday for public submissions, is based on Year Three of its Ten Year Plan. It sets out the Council’s key programmes and projects for the coming year, how much they will cost and where funding will come from, Chairman Doug Leeder said.

“A lower increase than we had predicted for this year has been possible because of the Regional Council’s considerable savings made by implementing internal efficiencies.”

Targeted rates will continue for four specific areas of work – passenger transport in Tauranga and Rotorua urban areas, Rotorua Lakes, Rotorua air in the city’s urban area and river and drainage schemes. Targeted rates ensure those who benefit from or create the need for services also pay for them.

Mr Leeder said some things had changed since the Ten Year Plan was adopted in 2012, including the level of Central Government funding for key programmes and projects, and changes to compliance requirements and obligations under the Council’s core legislation.

“In some cases the main driver for change is community expectations for us to take action and respond to emerging issues. Our regional leadership role continues to grow, and some of our work programmes reflect that, including Water Management, Regional Monitoring, Tauranga Harbour and Integrated Planning,” he said.

Another component of that leadership was helping to fund new infrastructure projects throughout the region, and the Council expected to see significant progress on several projects.

“Despite change and uncertainty in our operating environment, we expect 2014/15 to be ‘business as usual’ for many of our activities. We’ll continue to restore water quality in the Rotorua Lakes, maintain river and drainage schemes in the eastern Bay of Plenty, clean up Kopeopeo Canal and enhance passengers’ experience on our passenger transport networks.”

The Council is proposing operating expenditure of $95.5 million, which would allow for more spending in specific areas such as water management, while reducing spending in other areas to reflect internal efficiency savings. The Council would continue to use investment income to reduce general rates while maintaining levels of service, Mr Leeder said.

The Draft Annual Plan is open for submissions from 17 March until 4pm on 17 April 2014. Submitters can use online submissions or paper forms. Copies of the Draft Annual Plan and the summary are available on the Regional Council’s website www.boprc.govt.nz or from Regional Council offices.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Parliament Today:

High Trust Regime: What Did The PM Tell His Lawyer About Foreign Trusts?

The Government stopped the IRD from reviewing New Zealand foreign trusts shortly after the Prime Minister’s lawyer wrote to the Revenue Minister claiming John Key had promised him the regime would not be changed. More>>

ALSO:

'When New' Repairs: Landmark EQC Settlement

The Earthquake Commission has cut a deal with 98 Canterbury homeowners that affirms the government entity's responsibility to repair earthquake-damaged property to a 'when new' state, as well as covering repairs for undamaged parts of a property and clarifying its position on cash settlement calculations. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Kiwirail’s Latest Stint In The Dogbox

The denigration of Kiwirail continues. The latest review (based on a 2014 assessment) of the options facing the company have enabled Kiwirail to be hung out to dry once again as a liability and burden on the taxpayer. More>>

ALSO:

Royal Society Report: Good Opportunities To Act Now On Climate Change

There are many actions New Zealand can and should take now to reduce the threat of climate change and transition to a low-carbon economy, a report released today by the Royal Society of New Zealand finds... More>>

ALSO:

Paris Climate Deal Signed: Bennett 'Taking Advice' On Cancelling 'Dodgy' Credits

Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett is "taking advice" on whether to cancel some or all of the so-called 'dodgy' carbon credits bought mainly by power and petrol companies to cover New Zealand's future obligations to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases that cause climate change. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news