LTP process marching on
Some important Long Term Plan milestones have been reached, with Council approving the overall financial strategy, including setting the total rates revenue of 5% over the next 6 years.
It’s a real balancing act, but the key consideration for Council is delivering the region’s basic critical infrastructure correctly and within budget, giving the community a solid foundation to be successful and thrive.
Public consultation starts 12 March and runs for one month, with hearings scheduled for May.
The Long Term Plan is looked at every 3 years. It allows the community to take part in the decisions being made. It's crunch time for rates and debt levels and just what that means for individual ratepayers. It also determines what Council is actually going to deliver with that revenue.
Key topics this year are wastewater management, DrainWise, roading maintenance, the Olympic Pool redevelopment and the Taruheru cycleway.
Last year the "What’s the Future Tairawhiti" proved successful in getting out and about across the region to ensure everyone had a chance to have their say on their priorities and why.
That early consultation has informed Council’s prioritisation process this year for the 2018-2028 Long Term Plan.