Submissions closing tomorrow

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 tomorrow.

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.

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