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

 


RDC Strikes Average Rate Increase of 3.5%

RDC Strikes Average Rate Increase of 3.5%


Ruapehu District Council (RDC) has struck an average rate increase of 3.5% for the coming 2014/15 year.

At 3.5% the final average rate increase is well under the proposed rate increase of 4.7% put forward in the draft 2014/15 Exceptions Annual Plan (EAP) for public consultation.

The draft EAP had proposed a minimum average rate increase of 4.7% while asking ratepayers to consider a higher increase of 7.6% to allow Council to maintain existing levels of service and ensure that Ruapehu’s basic infrastructure remained at its current levels or was improved.

RDC Mayor, Don Cameron, said that the key factor that has made the lower 3.5% rate increase possible has been Council’s decision to change the funding for Waiouru’s public toilet development to debt rather than rates.

“Council has worked extremely hard to bring the proposed rate increase in at this level,” he said.

“It is always very difficult deciding on the right balance between increasing rates or debt levels.”

“Council has been very wary of taking on more debt with major capital projects to replace or upgrade Ruapehu’s aging infrastructure on the horizon.”

Mayor Cameron noted that in the current Long Term Plan (LTP 2012-22) Council had already reduced planned capital expenditure by 25% over the ten year period in order to restrain rate and debt increases.

“This EAP continues this strategy even though Audit NZ has previously highlighted the risks associated with this approach.”

“The Waiouru public toilets are part of much bigger main street development project which supports Waiouru’s progress toward being a ‘gateway hub’ to Ruapehu and other central North Island locations.”

“Council sees infrastructure such as the new toilets as a necessary investment if Ruapehu is going to maximise its economic development potential.”

“Capital expenditure in support of economic development is one of the significant issues that Council would urge ratepayers and other Ruapehu stakeholders to inform themselves about so that they can fully engage in the up-coming 2015/25 LTP consultation process.”

“Council has already started meeting with community groups and other sector organisations to talk about the 2015/25 LTP.”

“Anyone who would like more information on the 2015/25 LTP process should contact Council or an elected representative,” he said.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Hager Revelations: Inquiry Into NZSIS Release Of Goff Docs

The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security (IGIS), Cheryl Gwyn, announced today that she would be instituting an inquiry concerning allegations that the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) might have released official information to Mr Cameron Slater, regarding briefings provided to the then Leader of the Opposition, for political purposes...

“I am satisfied there is a sufficient public interest justifying the commencement of an own-motion inquiry into the substance of the issues raised with my Office,” said Ms Gwyn. More>>

Goff: Director’s Letter Contradicts Key’s Claims

At yesterday’s media standup, when asked on the topic John Key said ‘I wasn’t told’...
“In a letter dated November 2011 former SIS director Warren Tucker states three times that ‘in accordance with the usual practice of keeping the minister informed’ the Prime Minister had been told. More>>

  • Image Link - Key maintains he wasn't told about OIA (Now with further evidence) - Newstalk ZB

  •  

    Parliament Today:

    Electionresults.co.nz: National and NZ First Rise in Roy Morgan Poll

    National has bounced back in the latest Roy Morgan Poll but the big winner has been New Zealand First who rise to their highest level of support since September 2013. More>>

    ALSO:

    Fish Pun Warning: By Hoki! It’s Labour’s Fisheries Policy

    A Labour Government will protect the iconic Kiwi tradition of fishing by improving access to the coast, protecting the rights of recreational fishers and reviewing snapper restrictions, Labour’s Fisheries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. More>>

    ALSO:

    It's Official: Governor General Gives Direction To Conduct Election

    The Governor General has signed the writ directing the Electoral Commission to conduct the General Election on 20 September 2014. This is the formal authority to run the 2014 election, and enables candidate nominations to open tomorrow Thursday 21 August 2014. More>>

    Gordon Campbell: No More Mr Nice Guy

    When future historians seek to identify the exact moment when the prime ministerial career of John Key hit the downward slope, they may well point to Key’s interview yesterday with Guyon Espiner on RNZ’s Morning Report. More>>

    ALSO:

    Dirty (Politics) Weekend: Collins’ Admission Reason For Key To Act

    "Despite claiming that the evidence about her in Nicky Hager's book was ‘false’ Judith Collins has now been forced to admit that she did send information about a Ministerial Services staff member to Cameron Slater for him to use in a baseless smear campaign. More>>

    ALSO:

    Potential Disasters: Underground Coal Fire On Denniston Plateau

    Forest & Bird says one or more coal fires have broken out beneath the Denniston Plateau, and that the Department of Conservation (DOC) must stop Bathurst Resources’ preparatory mining work going on there until the fire or fires are extinguished. More>>

    ALSO:

    Bikes: Nats Plan $100 Million For Urban Cycleways

    Prime Minister John Key has today announced $100 million in new funding will be made available over the next four years to accelerate cycleways in urban centres. More>>

    ALSO:

    New Tax Bracket, Child Poverty Fund: Greens Launch Billion Dollar Plan To Reduce Child Poverty

    The Green Party has launched a billion dollar package to significantly reduce child poverty in New Zealand. The details of the plan were released at the party’s campaign launch in Auckland. More>>

    ALSO:

    Get More From Scoop

     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Regional
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news