Gisborne District Council's 2020/21 Annual Plan was adopted 25 June 2020, and is year 3 of the 2018–2028 Long Term Plan
Our long-term plan focused on core infrastructure, getting back to basics on a 5% to thrive, maximum annual rates increase.
This annual plan continues to focus on the long-term plan direction where there's strong investment in critical infrastructure. Highlights of the plan are:
- Focusing on bringing forward the wastewater disinfection project to improve the water quality to the Bay.
- Increase resource consents resourcing to fulfill statutory response times.
- Provide more for meeting the wear and tear costs of our critical infrastructure.
- $96.1m capital investment program, with 85 per cent of the investment being on critical infrastructure.
Overall rates revenue increase is 3.26%, consistent with year 3 of the LTP.
As well as keeping overall rates increases in line with the LTP, the Annual Plan increased the provision for rates remissions by $1m. The remissions allow relief to those ratepayers who are financially hardest hit by Covid-19. The remissions provide targeted relief to those ratepayers facing financial hardship, as opposed to a blanket approach of reducing overall rates revenue.
The balance of lower rates and higher remissions is to strike the right balance between supporting the needs of the current community who may be facing financial hardship without overly burdening future generations.
Also see the 2020/21 Rates Setting Report