Draft Long Term Plan 21-31

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Developing our Long Term Plan 2021-2031

We’re currently developing our Long Term Plan, which is a document that sets out our work plan, services, budgets and rates for the next 10 years - with a particular focus on the next three years.

It sets out what we will spend and where we will spend it to make your community better.

The Long Term Plan is updated every three years to ensure it remains relevant, accurate and keeps us moving towards our goals and community outcomes.

We’re consulting on three main topics as we look to adopt the 'Long Term Plan 2021-31' on the 28th of June this year:

  • Proposed general rate increase
  • Inorganic kerbside rubbish collection
  • Pensioner housing.

 

Topics we need your feedback on

Proposed general rate increase 

We want your views about the speed of the general rate increase between 2021 and 2024.

Should we ‘go hard and go early’ or be more cautious and spread rate increases more evenly over the first three years?

Over the next 10 years, we propose to respond to our district’s growth and to the challenges posed by changing community and regulatory expectations. Managing these, against a background of uncertain economic and social conditions and our COVID-19 recovery, is not going to be easy.

We have taken onboard community feedback from our Blueprints, customer surveys and service requests and tried to align these with what’s required to maintain our current services and plan for our district’s future needs. This all has an impact on the level of debt and rates we charge. Ratepayers, users of our services and developers each pay a portion of the costs to run the services received.

We want to hear from you about which general rate option we should go with.

Option one, Council’s preferred option, is to have a one-off larger increase of 9% in year one as this provides a slightly lower level of debt over 10 years and would cost ratepayers less across the first three years. This would then be followed with an increase of 3.5% in year two and 3.5% in year three.

Option two is to have a slightly lower increase of 7% in year one, followed by 6% in year two and 4% in year three. This option results in a slightly higher level of debt across the 10-year period and slightly higher costs across the first three years, but has a smaller increase in year one.

If you want to know more and to see how this will impact you and your rates, see pages 26-27 of the consultation document.

**The timing of our district valuation changed this year due to COVID-19 and the impact on each individual property value is still unknown.  You can find out the impact on you and your property by visiting www.waikatodistrict.govt.nz/RID from 1 May.

Inorganic kerbside rubbish collection 

Should we continue to offer an inorganic kerbside rubbish collection service?

Although we know the service, which has generally been done each year, is popular with many in our community, it comes with a number of issues. These include health and safety, illegal dumping, compliance with rules, the increasing costs and the service contradicts our waste minimisation legislation (covered in our Waste Management Minimisation Plan (WMMP)).

There are two options for you to choose from:

Option one, Council will continue to deliver the service with an increase to the solid waste targeted rate for everyone who currently receives a refuse collection. This will cover the true cost of the service. The solid waste targeted rate would increase to $229.30, an increase of $6.68 or 3% from $222.71 in 2020.

Option two, Council’s preferred option, is to stop the service from year one of the 2021-31 Long Term Plan. The solid waste targeted rate would decrease to $209.46 in year 1. This is a saving of $13.25 from what you currently pay. Choosing this option would not cancel the collection that is starting in mid-April 2021.

If you want to know more, see pages 30-31 of the consultation document.

Pensioner Housing

We are proposing to change the way we deliver pensioner housing. We want to invite social housing providers to buy our pensioner housing off us so these can continue to be used as social housing to help our elderly community. We think this is a better option than Council continuing to be the landlord.

Do you agree?

We currently own and manage 34 self-contained one-bedroom units across Ngaruawahia, Huntly and Tuakau. Currently, 33 people live in these units. We only act as a landlord and we don’t provide other services like home help, meals or other direct social support.

Want to know more? See pages 28-29 of the consultation document.

Other consultation topics and items for feedback 

At the same time, we’re also asking for your thoughts on our proposed User Fees and Charges, our Development Contributions Policy and the Community Hall Catchment Review

 

We also want your feedback on how we distribute funding. 

 

Please note, the Draft Fees & Charges Policy 2021-2024 was updated on 22/4/21 following an error in some fees in the Library Services section.


 

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