09 June 2016
The average residential ratepayer in New Plymouth District will have a 2.7 per cent rates rise in 2016/17 following today’s public hearing of submissions on the Draft Annual Plan.
“That equates to about $1 a week more for the average residential ratepayer,” says Mayor Andrew Judd.
“This is part of the total general rate-take rising by 3.6 per cent, which is lower than the 4.6 per cent forecast in the Long-Term Plan for 2016/17.”
Following today’s hearing, the Council gave the go-ahead for three key proposals in the Draft Annual Plan 2016/17:
- Providing funding for a study to redevelop the Todd Energy Aquatic Centre.
- Providing an additional $100,000 to the Council’s events venues for enhanced business development.
- Bringing in an extended trial of free time-limited Saturday car parking in New Plymouth’s CBD. The parking trial will run for 12 months from July 2016 to June 2017.
Mayor Judd says the Council’s focus is on enabling the aquatic centre and event venues to achieve more of their potential for the benefit of the public.
“There are clear pressures on the aquatic centre, especially on the indoor pools during winter, and we expect this study will show us how we can resolve this issue,” says the Mayor.
“As for the additional venues funding, that’ll help our major events facilities be more competitive in a very competitive national market.”
Councillors also wanted a year-long trial of the free Saturday parking to get more information on any positive effects for retailers.
“We received a lot of valuable feedback on these three key proposals – as well as other matters in the community and in the draft Annual Plan – and I want to thank everyone who took the time to have their say,” says the Mayor.
The Annual Plan includes $37 million of capital projects across Council activities including wastewater treatment, roading, water supply, LED streetlighting, digital customer services and stormwater drainage.
The Council will formally adopt the Annual Plan at its meeting on 28 June.