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

 


Council to look at new fees and charges for some services

Media Release: Wednesday 26 March

Council to look at new fees and charges for some user-pays services

Changes to fees and charges for some user-pays services and facilities provided by Horowhenua District Council will be recommended at next Wednesday's Council meeting.

Finance Manager Doug Law says that Council officers review the fees and charges each year.

Proposed changes include that fees and charges for wastewater, trade waste and cemeteries have an inflation adjustment increase to reflect current costs incurred by the Council.

Various changes are recommended for solid waste, water, parks and reserves - to be consistent with current market rates. There would also be various changes to liquor licensing fees, which are set by Government legislation.

Dog registration fees would increase by $10 - the first rise in three years and required to help cover costs of Animal Control.

And, it was also proposed that fees be introduced for Roading Corridor Access Requests, with new legislation resulting in the Council incurring costs that need to be on-charged to users.

There would no changes to fees and charges for services such as community halls and centres, building, parking and emergency management.

Mr Law says that in previous years the Council has adopted the fees and charges for the following year as part of the Draft Annual Plan process.

"Council is not legally obliged to do this, as they are simply enforcing the already adopted Revenue and Finance Policy. For the 2014/2015 year, the recommended procedure is to adopt the fees and charges separately to the Draft Annual Plan."

Mr Law says the exception is the proposed changes to Planning fees and charges. These are legislatively required to undergo a special consultative process and will be done so through the Draft Annual Plan consultation.

If adopted, the proposed Schedule of Fees and Charges would take effect from July 1.

The proposed Schedule of Fees and Charges is included in the agenda for next Wednesday's Council meeting. Copies of the agenda can be found at all Council service centres and libraries. The agenda is also available online to view and download at www.horowhenua.govt.nz.

Anyone wishing to speak to any of the proposed changes should contact the Council by 12noon on Wednesday 2 April.

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