City living costs set to rise

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 landfill fees.

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 $50.

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 everywhere.''

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.

- debbie.porteous@odt.co.nz

re; Using others rubbish bins

I hope your vision of the future doesn't involve hordes of people driving round Dunedin looking for empty bins.

Using other people's garbage skips

Actually if it's done before the trash collectors come and peoples skips are empty I think its a good use for other people to dump their recycling or garbage in half full bins.

Welcome to the future

Unbelievably we just watched a passing car stop at our wheelie bin, waiting at the curb for collection tomorrow, and dump their rubbish in and drive off.

At least they didn't just throw it onto the footpath. This time!

This is the future for Dunedin while we have a profit before common sense council, driven by staff whom we don't elect. 

Stadium suggestion box

Brilliant idea johnkey. Or, how about we train some pigs to be acrobats and put on shows for visiting cruise ship passengers? That would no doubt fill those empty seats while the spectators enjoy watching something uniquley Dunedin...flying pigs..

Make the stadium pay for itself

Make the stadium pay for itself by growing cannabis. This could be done legally under special license which the council could give to itself using a by-law. Export the crop to Colorado where it is legal to consume.

This would mean the stadium will be productive 365 days a year instead of 0 days a year. Then the city fathers who pushed this white elephant as a financial boon for the city will truly be able to say to all the doubters and nay-sayers

..............."we told you so!"

 

Vibrancy

This is horrendous news for the retailers who make the city so vibrant with their wares.  I find it hard to believe that any of them are making such major profits that it warrants dcc to tax yet again the people who make our city colourful.

It seems that seeking revenue from the ratepayers is the only thing the DCC can do to accommodate the "elephant still in the room".  It needs to stop.  It feels as though our own council is stealing from us. 

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