Annual Plan Adopted
Kaikoura District Council has adopted its Annual Plan for 2017/2018.
View the 2017 - 2018 Annual Plan
CEO Angela Oosthuizen said, “Thank you to everyone who took the time to make a submission, community feedback is critical to helping Council make good decisions.”
“With careful financial management and planning Council has managed to provide for most funding requests received through the submissions process whilst staying within debt thresholds, remaining able to service our loans and minimizing the impact on rates. I’m pleased to say that the temporary pool will be open again this summer and we’re supporting a couple of other key community projects such as Sport Tasman’s ongoing contribution to our communities recovery.” she said.
The following changes were made to the draft Annual Plan:
- Reinstate pool management budget, allowing the temporary pool to be available again this summer
- Provide for an increase for footpath renewal work using development contribution revenue from NCTIR
- Additional funding from the Earthquake Relief Fund will be provided to the Coastal Pacific Trail Trust for planning and consultation to develop a walking/cycling trail linking to the Marlborough District.
- Additional funding from the Earthquake Relief Fund will be provided to Sport Tasman for earthquake recovery; new role, additional hours for sports coordinator, more events, planning and engagement
- Rent relief for the Kaikoura Museum until end of December 2017
- Additional funding from the Earthquake Relief Fund will be provided to Te Korowai o Te Tai o Marokura
- Provide for development contribution revenue
“People in all sectors of our community are facing difficult financial circumstances due to the earthquake and its ongoing impacts. However the costs of running and rebuilding the District have increased and whilst a large amount of external funding has been gratefully received, we still need to collect rates to cover operating costs, pay for our share of earthquake repairs and provide services. We have kept rates as low as possible with fair increases across all sectors.”
Overall the rates requirement has increased by 5.8%.
There is help available to those who are suffering extreme financial hardship through the Mayoral Relief Fund, Council’s rates relief package for uninhabitable buildings, the business grants package and through other organisations.
“Council continues to work with central Government to seek funding and support. The Government has committed to providing more than $35 million towards the Districts recovery and rebuild. In addition we continue to actively seek other funding” said CEO Angela Oosthuizen.