Vincent Community Board members have ticked the ''no fat''
option on the menu but the Vincent ward component of Central
Otago rates will rise by 6%. The board approved its draft
estimates last night and managed to whittle down a planned
''There is a significant risk with a budget like this, as
there's absolutely no fat in it; it's cut to the bone,''
Central Otago District Council corporate services manager
Susan Finlay said. The figure will be combined with the
district component of the rates to decide the overall
increase. Three of the district's four community boards had
set their budgets for the coming year and the average
district rates rise was still looking to be 5.6%, Mrs Finlay
told the board.
The Roxburgh Community Board has agreed to a 5.6% increase in
the Roxburgh ward component; their counterparts in Cromwell
have approved a 6.8% ward rise and the Maniototo Community
Board will consider its estimates tomorrow. Costs of
repairing, maintaining and cleaning public toilets throughout
the district had increased due to vandalism, she said.
A total of $26,000 has been set aside in the budget for
filling in the Clyde pool, which closed years ago. That would
come from an investment account rather than from rates, Mrs
New roofing insulation to resolve problems with condensation
at the Molyneux Aquatic Centre in Alexandra has also been
included in the estimates for the coming year, at an
estimated cost of $150,000,.
The Omakau town supply water upgrade had already been
postponed a year because of concerns about affordability.