A newsletter setting out the Dunedin City Council's proposed
priorities for the year ahead and where it thinks rates money
should be spent is landing in Dunedin mailboxes this week.
The document points people to where they can have their say
on what they support in the council's draft annual plan, and
what they think councillors and staff have got wrong.
Proposed new spending in the 2014-15 year is minimal as the
council continues to play catch-up on its debt, paying off
major capital projects such as Forsyth Barr Stadium, but
includes further funding incentives for the reuse of heritage
buildings and a proposed weighbridge at the Green Island
The council is also consulting on a range of other projects,
including what order widening work on Portobello and
Harington Point Rds should be done and proposed changes to
the development contributions policy.
Some changes to fees and charges are also planned, such as
increases to fees for dangerous dogs, LIMs and in some
building services areas and a rise in St Clair Hot Salt Water
Pool charges to match those at Moana Pool.
Public submissions open tomorrow and close at 5pm on April
15. Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull said the annual plan was the
council's biggest annual consultation and he encouraged
people to participate.
While reducing debt continued to be the council's key focus,
it also wanted to make small ''seed'' investments.
These included support for heritage building owners to
redevelop and/or strengthen their properties, and seed
funding towards a trust to drive the development of a new
pool in Mosgiel.