3 Year Plan Submissions
The draft 3 Year Plan proposed big work programmes to tackle some of the districts biggest and long standing issues. It also made it clear that delivering these improvements would come at a cost to ratepayers and mean an increase in rates. The final version of the plan will be adopted on July 18th.
We made extensive efforts to consult openly and transparently with the community about the work, and costs, being proposed. As a result, Council received over 130 submissions, a 50% increase on previous years and something of a record for our district.
During deliberations, Councillors considered over 350 issues. Deliberations were extended twice to make sure everything was covered. Affordability has proven to be a key issue and Council remains committed to doing everything it can to manage the impact of the plan on ratepayers and make sure that we deliver the services our ratepayers expect as cost effectively as possible.
Councillors and Council staff continue to dedicate significant time and energy to ensure all issues raised through submissions have been properly considered and that all options for solutions to the issues are investigated. Councillors have made good progress developing the initial proposals in the draft plan to reduce the impact on ratepayers as much as possible. A rates rise is still probable but at a more affordable level.
The community has been asking for improvements to Councils services for some time and Council is pleased to be working on a plan that paves the way for significant change.
Copies of the submissions can be found through the links below:
If you have questions about the 3 Year Plan email us at firstname.lastname@example.org