24 July 2013
Pre-election report available for the first time
Prospective candidates and voters in this year’s local body elections will, for the first time, be able to read a snapshot of the Gore District Council’s financial performance over the last three years and what is planned for the future with the release this week of a pre-election report.
Gore District Chief Executive Stephen Parry said this is the first time councils have been required to produce such a document, following an amendment in 2010 to the Local Government Act 2002.
The pre-election report is prepared by the local authority's chief executive and must be politically independent. Its purpose, under the Act, is for councils to provide information about the issues they face to promote public discussion ahead of the local body elections, so voters can make more informed choices.
The Council’s 12-page report reflects the financial forecasts in the Long Term Plan and recently adopted Annual Plan, including the self-imposed limits on rates increases and borrowings.
Three major projects – an upgrade of the civic administration building, removal of sludge from the oxidation ponds, and an upgrade of the arts and heritage precinct – are outlined in the report. These will cost an estimated $5.2million, should they all proceed.
The pre-election report is available at the Council’s Civic Administration Building, the Gore Library and the Mataura Service Centre.
2013 Pre-Election Report [PDF, 595 KB]