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8 March 2019
​Proposed average district-wide general rate increase of 3.45%​
Western Bay of Plenty District Council has adopted its draft 2019/2020 (1 July 2019 – 30 June 2020) Annual Plan and will be holding events district-wide from 23 March to 13 April to gain people's views on the main issues.
Council is proposing an average district-wide general rate increase of 3.45% for 2019/2020 – a reduction of 0.15% from the average of 3.60% forecast in Council's Long term Plan (LTP) 2018-2028.
The 3.45% increase is divided between increased costs of 1.25% for maintaining Council's levels of service and inflation of 2.2%, based on the Local Government Cost Index (LGCI), which includes inflation on construction costs.
Uniform charges for water supply, wastewater and stormwater have increased by 3%, as forecast in the LTP.
Mayor Garry Webber says Council has a planned capital expenditure programme of $42m in the 2019/20 Annual Plan, up from $39m in 2018/19.
"Council continues to forecast strong growth in the 2019/20 year, particularly in Omokoroa with income projected to be $9.6m, up from $8.8m budgeted in 2018/19.
"Council's external borrowing is unchanged from 2018/19 at $120m," says Garry.
Alongside the Annual Plan, Council is consulting on a significant proposal to introduce a user pays Council-contracted kerbside recycling and rubbish collection service, intended to commence in 2021.
Garry says the proposal will apply to approximately 80% of the District and includes a pay-per-pick-up scheme for rubbish.
"We're also proposing a glass, recycling and food waste collection service that will be funded through a targeted rate, charged only to those households where the service is available."
Council's engagement will also include a proposed change to Council's debt management and some minor changes to bylaws that are due for review.
These issues are:
Debt management
The proposal is to contribute $1m of rates to interest/debt repayment rather than the $2.5m included in the LTP. This proposed reduction reflects Council's lower trending debt profile (due to increased growth income and the prudent management of the capital programme), while recognising that a certain level of debt is appropriate for 'intergenerational equity' in funding key assets.
Targeted rates
Introduction of several new targeted rates around community halls, wastewater and water supply activities.
Policies and bylaws
  • Early repayment of rates policy
  • Traffic and Parking Bylaw
  • Trading in Public Places Bylaw
  • Freedom Camping Bylaw
  • General Bylaw
  • Gambling Policies.
For further information please contact:
Peter Hennessey
Western Bay of Plenty District Council
DDI: 07 579 6678
Mobile: 027 210 2370