Floods and emergencies, both real and imagined,
contributed to the overspending detailed in the Otago Regional
Council's 12-month review.
The council's finance and corporate committee will tomorrow
consider a 12-month review of the projects it planned to do
in the past year.
It shows the council provisionally spent $34.079 million,
$4.332 million less than budgeted, and revenue, excluding
rates, overall was $1381 less than expected at $15.765
Among the projects overspent was $102,000 in the flood event
management project due to the number of significant flood
events staff had to deal with in July, August and December
2012 and January and June 2013, corporate services director
Wayne Scott said in the report.
Another was overspending of $108,000 in the emergency
management budget due to more work being needed in that area,
with staff responding to a tsunami alert in February last
year, taking part in the national ShakeOut exercise in
September, and a South Island Alpine Fault earthquake
exercise in May.
There was also underspending in budgets, such as $1.3 million
in the air quality budget due mostly to $1.1 million in the
Clean Heat, Clean Air project as insulation and heating work
was funded by the previous year's grant money.
Other underspending was $200,000 in the governance and
community budget resulting from the council not employing a
consultant to discuss building options, and $112,000 in the
environmental enhancement project following a lack of
applications for the money.
The full and audited financial position of the council for
the year ending June 30 will be presented in the annual
report at a council meeting later this month.