The Dunedin City Council has tentatively agreed to allocate
an extra $238,000 to heritage projects but will consult the
public before settling on a final amount.
Councillors at yesterday's annual plan budget meeting also
agreed to support a ''rates freeze'' for heritage reuse
The ''rates freeze'' meant people carrying out heritage
re-use projects could apply to have rates kept level for up
to four years - delaying any rates increases arising from
increased capital value once a project had been completed.
Councillors were earlier full of praise for the results of
the assistance the council provided to heritage projects and
tentatively agreed to increase assistance by $238,000.
However, the council would consult the public first. Cr Chris
Staynes said the council needed to know whether ratepayers
had an ''appetite'' for such an increase.
He emphasised the importance of the fund, saying Dunedin had
an ''opportunity to be the best heritage city'' in New
''We are lucky that we have these buildings and if we retain
them we will see an economic benefit from that,'' he said.
Cr Lee Vandervis said the money the council was putting in
was small compared with the total amount spent on projects.
''I don't believe the community really has any idea of the
importance of the multiplier effect of this kind of seed