Multiple departments of the Dunedin City Council are
seeking councillor approval to increase some of their fees and
charges from July 1 - including potentially more increases in
If the present draft annual plan is signed off by councillors
in May, residents of Dunedin will be looking at an increase
in the cost of, among other things, dying, displaying their
goods on the footpath, parking outside their inner-city
homes, using the city's landfills and sports grounds.
The cost of registering dogs will stay the same, as will
being a member of a library, parking tickets, and going for a
swim at Moana Pool - although a swim will cost slightly more
at the St Clair Salt Water Pool.
Recent hikes in the council-owned landfill fees have been
criticised by residents and the council has asked for a
report on a weigh bridge at Green Island. A weigh bridge
would mean people were charged by the weight of their waste,
rather than the size of the vehicle they brought it in.
Council staff have indicated they could have the weigh bridge
installed by July.
If the council decides not to go with that option and stick
with its present regime, fees will rise more - the cost of
dumping a single black bag will go up from $2.10 to $3, a
car-load will go up to $20, and a single-axle trailer-load to
Green waste fees will go up too, another $3 to $15 for a
car-load; and another $5 to $35 for a trailer-load.
The fees have been increased over time since last year, to
better meet the actual cost of disposing of the waste.
Burial, interment and cremation fees are again to increase
next year, by about 2% across the board, compared with an
increase on average of about 3% this year.
The parking enforcement team is also seeking to raise some of
their fees, including a $16 increase in annual fees for
residents' parking permits and a 26% increase in construction
parking permit fees.
Team leader Daphne Griffen said the increases reflected
increased contractor costs and an adjustment to better
reflect the true cost of the loss of income from metered
spaces where permits were issued.
Her team also enforced the council's commercial use of
footpaths policy, under which some permitted users were about
to experience a dramatic hike in annual fees.
Those increases reflected the change in the street furniture
situation from that which existed in 2005 when the policy,
which has been under review for 18 months, was drafted.
''Back then, there were hardly any tables and chairs on
paths, or goods displayed in the streets. Now they are
The policy was taking her staff a lot of time to enforce and
the increases also reflected that, she said.
Parks manager Lisa Wheeler said slight increases in sports
ground fees reflected increases in maintenance costs, while
Aquatic Services manager Steve Prescott said the cost of
swiming at the St Clair Salt Water pool would go up to match
an increase in Moana Pool fees last year that reflected
increased operational costs.
The fee changes will be part of the draft annual plan, which
people can have their say on through the submission process
between March 15 and April 15.