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Rotorua 2019/20 Annual Plan
15 April 2019
Rotorua 2019/20 Annual Plan
Rotorua Lakes Council’s proposed 2019/2020 annual plan is now available for public viewing and feedback is sought on the future of wastewater services.
Mayor Steve Chadwick says the plan reflects an ongoing commitment to the direction set in the 2018-28 Long-term Plan.
The proposed annual plan includes an average 4.9% rates increase, less than the 5.1% increase signalled in the 2018-28 Long-term Plan (LTP).
Most of the Annual Plan document is information for the public on progress to date against projects and work set out in the LTP. Feedback is sought on one matter – a proposal to consider changing how wastewater services are managed and delivered in future. Feedback on this will provide input into decision-making and any proposed change regarding this would require further consultation.
“Not much has changed since last year when we adopted the long-term plan and we are continuing with what was planned for the 2019/20 financial year which is year two of the LTP,” Mayor Chadwick says.
“The LTP remains our guiding document, outlining the funding and delivery to progress towards the 2030 vision set with the community, who wanted to see change, progress and a better future for all. That’s what we continue to strive for and partnerships have been key to what’s been achieved to date.
“So we’ve been mindful to not compromise the objectives of our Long-term Plan in the 2019/20 Annual Plan but elected members did ask council staff to see what could be done to lower the rates increase that we had projected in the LTP for this coming year,” the Mayor says.
“Staff have taken a targeted approach to identifying opportunities for additional revenue and efficiency savings and that has resulted in a lower increase, which is pleasing.
“As always, we do face some challenges and as is the nature of projects, some work not done this financial year is moving to the 2019/20 year."
Mayor Chadwick is encouraging all Rotorua residents to have their say.
“We’re consulting on one key matter relating to wastewater services and asking if the public agrees in principle with what’s proposed. But we welcome all feedback for consideration in our final decision-making in June,” the Mayor says.
“We look forward to hearing from you and there are a range of ways to have your say so that you can choose whichever method of feedback suits you. Along with an interactive digital document and feedback options, those who still like to work from hard copies will be able to do so and there will be opportunities to speak directly to elected members.”
The Annual Plan document and supporting information can be found HERE on Council’s community engagement platform Let’s Talk/Korero Mai and public feedback will be open until 17 May with various ways to have your say (go here for dates and consultation locations).