A $30,000 paint job for Cromwell's Big Fruit sculpture has
been delayed for a year as the Cromwell Community Board
prunes its rates.
The board considered its draft estimates yesterday and
approved a 6.8% increase in the ward component of the overall
rate, trimming it back from a 9.6% increase, signalled in the
long term plan. Central Otago District Council corporate
services manager Susan Finlay said the $30,000 repaint of the
sculpture was one of the major works in the reserves budget
for the coming year, but board members decided to postpone
the work for a year.
''Putting it back doesn't make it go away. We're just
delaying it until next year,'' board chairman Neil Gillespie
said. Board members said the work was planned to tie in with
the town centre redevelopment and relocation of the
information centre. Those projects were yet to be completed.
Cr Terry Emmitt said there was still talk about adding fruit
- cherries and grapes- to the sculpture, so that should be
decided before the repaint was done. Funds allocated for
upgrading the Cromwell Memorial Hall and a grant towards a
replacement for the earthquake-prone Coronation Hall in
Bannockburn had also been delayed by a year.
Last week, the Roxburgh Community Board approved a 5.6%
increase for the Roxburgh ward component of the overall rate.
The Vincent Community Board will consider its draft estimates
tonight, while the Maniototo Community Board will carry out a
similar task on Thursday.
Those figures will then be combined with the district
component of the rates. The Central Otago District Council
met last week and was told the overall potential average
district rates rise would be about 5.2%, depending on the
outcome of the community board meetings.