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Last modified: 10 May 2022 5:15pm

Next week is the last week to have your say on the Council’s plans for the next 12 months.

Consultation on the Council’s Draft Annual Plan is open until Thursday 19 May.

The majority of the proposed work plan was set in consultation with the community through last year’s Long-Term Plan 2021-2031.
To deliver those services and facilities the plan proposes committing $91m to capital projects over the next 12 months – including
$20.2m in water supply projects; $21.6m in wastewater projects; and $20.4m in transportation projects across our growing district.

The Draft Annual Plan is a chance to check in with the community about those plans and seek your feedback on four new or changed projects:
* a change in proposal for the funding of the Horor-at-a Community Hub,
* closure of parts of the Upper Ellesmere Water Race,
* changes to water race rating across the district, and
* a proposal for investing in biodiversity through a $20 Ecological Enhancement targeted rate and harmonisation of Land Drainage rates.

The proposed average rates increase is 6%, slightly higher than the 4.9% increase forecast in the Long-Term Plan. Since the Long-Term Plan was agreed the increase of inflation and other pressures on supply chain, changes in government legislation and an increased demand on services have increased the cost of delivering the services agreed with the community.

The exact rate rise will vary for each individual property, but you can find out more examples of how the proposed rates rise would affect you in the plan or the consultation documents available online  or at our libraries or the Council offices in Rolleston.