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

 


Ruapehu Ratespayers Urged to Think Long Term

Ruapehu Ratespayers Urged to Think Long Term About the Bigger Picture

Ruapehu District Council (RDC) is asking ratepayers to consider two possible rate rises as part of the consultation on their Annual Plan for the coming financial year.

The lower proposed average rate increase of 4.7% is considered to be the absolute minimum level required to maintain key infrastructure assets.

Debt would remain the same but levels of service would fall in some areas.

An alternative 7.6% rate rise would allow council to maintain existing levels of service and ensure that Ruapehu’s basic infrastructure remains at its current level or improves.

RDC Chief Executive, Peter Till, said that consecutive year-on-year rate rises have been kept around the 3-4% mark which has been achieved by deferring or deleting infrastructure development projects.

“The continual push to keep rates as low as possible has resulted in a ’bow wave’ of these deferred or deleted projects that are now coming to a head in the form of lower levels of service and other associated risks,” he said.

“Examples include; an increased likelihood of pipe failure in the aging wastewater network in Ohakune and Taumarunui which may result in raw sewerage seeping into groundwater and waterways, many small community items such as footpath cleaning, bus shelters and pram crossings will not be budgeted for, and more serious items such as fixing footpath tripping hazards, and the cleaning kerb and channels will be reduced.”

Mr Till said that council acknowledged that the higher proposed 7.6% rate increase would be a difficult consideration for many Ruapehu ratepayers however he urged them to think long term about the bigger picture.

“If ratepayers cannot accept the higher rate proposal they need to think about and advise council what services are more important to them,” he said.

“More information on the draft Annual Plan is available from any council office or on-line from www.ruapehudc.govt.nz

“Community organisations, businesses or other special interest groups can also organise to have a presentation from council on the draft plan if they wish.”

Submissions close on Tuesday 22 April 2014.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Patience: Drive Safe

Be patient before passing is the AA's message for drivers this Labour weekend.

"People taking crazy risks to get past other vehicles is one of the most dangerous things on the road,” says AA spokesperson Dylan Thomsen.

“The weather is looking good for the long weekend so the roads will be busy. Unfortunately, that also increases the chances of people getting frustrated and trying a risky passing manoeuvre. When they get past, there will probably be more traffic up ahead anyway so it won’t get people there faster.” More>>

 
 

Parliament Today:

Employment Relations Bill: Govt Strains To Get Tea Break Law Through

The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

Guns: Police Association Call To Arm Police Full Time

"The new minister gave his view, that Police do not need to be armed, while standing on the forecourt of parliament. The dark irony was that the interview followed immediately after breaking news of a gunman running amok in the Canadian parliament in Ottawa..." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Tokenism Of New Zealand's Role Against Islamic State

Our contribution against IS will be to send SAS forces to train the Iraqis? That’s like offering trainers to General Custer just as the 7th cavalry reached the Little Big Horn. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Shell And Todd Caught Drilling Without Approval

Multi-national oil company Shell’s New Zealand arm and local energy giant Todd Energy have breached the new law governing New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone, the Environmental Protection Authority says in an Oct. 10 document released by the Green Party. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Pharmac, Gough Whitlam And Sleater-Kinney

We’re not at the outset of these negotiations. The outset was six years ago, and negotiators were hoping to have some sort of ‘framework’ deal finished in time for the APEC meeting in a few weeks’ time. These ‘extreme’ positions are what we’ve reached near the intended end of the negotiations… More>>

ALSO:

PM Of Many Hats: Questions, No Answers On Whale Oil

Dr RUSSEL NORMAN (Co-Leader – Green) to the Prime Minister: How many times since November 2008 has he spoken with blogger Cameron Slater on the phone and how many times, if any, has he texted him?
Rt Hon JOHN KEY (Prime Minister): None in my capacity as Prime Minister. More>>

ALSO:

Aussie Investigation Dropped: Call On Minister McCully To Pursue The Case Of Balibo Five

West Papua Action is deeply concerned at the lack of any clear outcome from the Australian Federal Police inquiry into the 1975 deaths of the ‘Balibo Five’ including NZ journalist Gary Cunningham. More>>

ALSO:

'Feed The Kids' Bill: Metiria Turei To Lead Fight On Feeding Hungry Children

Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira. More>>

ALSO:

Parliament Today: State Opening Of Parliament

The House sat at 10.30am on Tuesday before MPs were summoned to hear the Speech from the Throne in the Legislative Council Chamber. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news