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

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Ombudsman’s Verdict On Paula Rebstock And Ian Rennie

Unfortunately, the brave and damning report by Ombudsman Ron Paterson on the “flawed” and “unfair” inquiry conducted by Dame Paula Rebstock into events at MFAT pulls back the veil on a far wider issue. More>>

ALSO:

Charities' Report: Stressed Families - Overstretched Services

“Like so many of the whānau and families they serve social service organisations are under huge financial stress. The support demanded from desperate people in communities is far outreaching the resources available.” More>>

ALSO:

Detention: Wellingtonians Protest Treatment Of Refugees

Peace Action Wellington (PAW) and around 50 Wellingtonians blockaded the Australian High Commission, creating a symbolic detention centre to protest the Australian Government's policy of mandatory offshore detention for refugees and asylum seekers. More>>

ALSO:

Diver's Alarums: Breach Means Training Provider Must Repay $1.47 Million

The New Zealand School of Outdoor Studies is to repay $1.47 million (GST-exclusive) to the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) following an investigation which showed that some student enrolments between 2009 -2014 could not be validated and that courses were under-delivered against their agreement with the TEC. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Government Plans Suggest Bulk Funding Return

Plans by the Government to return to bulk funding are likely to see increased class sizes and schools most in need missing out on much-needed resources, Labour’s Acting Education spokesperson Grant Robertson says. More>>

ALSO:

Interim Report: Auckland Looks Long Term To Pay-Per-Km Road Pricing

Aucklanders can expect to be paying variable rates per kilometre to travel on the city's most congested roads under an emerging transport strategy being formulated by the government and the Auckland Council. More>>

ALSO:

Despite Promises: Government Extends Iraq Deployment

Cabinet has agreed to extend New Zealand’s contribution to the joint New Zealand-Australia mission to train Iraqi Security Forces until November 2018. More>>

ALSO:

On The 'Terrorism' Card:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news