5 April 2013

Have Your Say – draft Annual Plan 2013/14 is open for public consultation

The Gore District Council is looking at a district-wide rate increase of 4.72 percent for the coming financial year, which is slightly less than the increase predicted in its Long Term Plan.

Councillors have adopted the draft Annual Plan 2013/14 and it is now open for public consultation.

Gore District Mayor Tracy Hicks said critical budget analysis by staff and councillors had kept the rate increase below the self-imposed 5 percent ceiling in the Council’s financial strategy.

The percent increase will vary slightly depending on a property’s capital value and the rating sector it is in. On average, urban properties will have a $2 a week increase in rates, while in the rural sector lifestyle blocks can expect a $1 a week increase and farms a $3 a week increase.

Mr Hicks believed the Council continues to provide value for money in ensuring the infrastructure meets the community’s expectations and the Gore District is a safe and vibrant place to live in.

Major projects flagged

The Council plans to collect just over $15.1million (GST exclusive) in rates, an increase of $683,477 on this financial year.

The draft Annual Plan flags a couple of major projects – the shutdown of the Gore Multisports Aquatic Centre for maintenance and an upgrade of the Ajax pump station, in south Gore.

The aquatic centre shutdown is scheduled for May next year and will be the pool’s first in its 11 years of operation. The $228,366 budget will enable the Council to undertake maintenance work such as repairing tiles in the pool tanks and acoustic panels, as well as work on mechanical plant.

Wastewater upgrade

A budget of $591,242 has been allowed for an upgrade of the Ajax pump station, which takes wastewater from the greater West Gore area. This work is urgently needed as the station has been struggling for some time to cope with existing demand and pressures during heavy rainfall.

Copies of the plan are available at the Council’s civic administration building, Gore Library and Mataura Service Centre. The summary will be delivered to all residents within the next fortnight. Alternatively, they can be downloaded from our website

Submissions close at 4pm Friday 10 May and the Council will hear submissions on 24 May.

Draft Annual Plan 2013-14 [PDF, 5 MB]

Draft Annual Plan Summary and Submission Form [PDF, 1.7 MB]

Statement of Proposal - Venture Southland Governance [PDF, 251 KB]

Morrison Low Report on Venture Southland [PDF, 479 KB]

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