Otago ratepayers are running out of time to have their say on
what the Otago Regional Council will do in the next year.
Submissions on the council's draft 2013-14 annual plan close
Council corporate services director Wayne Scott said about 12
submissions had been received so far but typically the
majority of submissions arrived at the last moment.
Submissions received so far covered issues such as
biodiversity, tuberculosis funding, and general issues
covered in the plan.
The plan proposed a general rate increase of 2.49%, while
overall targeted rates were to decline 21%, mostly due to the
reduction in the targeted rate to cover the repayment of the
debt incurred to fund Forsyth Barr Stadium.
Among the projects proposed for the coming year were the
implementation of water quality and quantity plan changes, a
continuation of work to review the regional policy statement,
the development of a biodiversity strategy and a
collaborative approach to pest management planning with other
South Island councils.