The Otago Regional Council has been given approval to begin work on its $18 million office building at the Otago Harbour steamer basin.
Delays to the Dunedin City Council's Wall Street develop ment in George St have cost the project $655,000 in lost rental and servicing costs.
A decision to put off paying interest on funding for the Awatea St stadium could cost Dunedin $132,000 in the next two years, and a council manager has warned the strategy should not become a habit.
Two of Dunedin's biggest projects have remained in the city council's budget, with the Awatea St stadium surviving another debate and the Dunedin Centre-Town Hall upgrade possibly taking a new tack.
The cost of Dunedin's 40-litre rubbish bags has more than doubled since they were introduced in 2003, and the 65-litre variety is not far behind.
Preliminary work to realign State Highway 88 to allow for the Awatea St stadium in Dunedin is set to start this year, after Dunedin city councillors voted to include $1.6 million for the project in the city's budget.
A new $150,000 contestable fund has been set up for economic development and job retention in Dunedin.
On March 17, the Dunedin stadium got what was probably the clearest message of political support when 10 of 14 councillors at a Dunedin City Council finance and strategy committee meeting voted to "commit" to the project in Awatea St.
Dunedin's rates are set to rise by 10.3% for the next financial year after some last-minute financial massaging brought the figure down from an originally projected 12.9%.
Hanging baskets fell from favour, but most community groups asking for funding got at least a percentage of what they wanted when the annual plan committee considered their requests.
A new system of fines of between $250 and $2000 has been introduced for "building offences" - including anything from building, altering or demolishing without consent, to permitting use of insanitary or unsafe buildings.
Widely panned for vandalism of Dunedin's heritage, and blocking what critics say is a vista that must be protected
If there has been one constant refrain from submitters to the annual plan meeting in the last two days, it is concern about the level of spending, and debt, to which the council is committing itself.
The heavy hitters of the Town Hall extension debate came en masse to the annual plan hearings committee yesterday, clutching a list of names featuring the great and the good of Dunedin society to back their cause.
Dunedin's private gymnasiums are losing members and struggling to attract new ones because of the lower prices at the Moana Pool gymnasium, the committee heard.
The council has been asked to provide funding on two fronts that would have a final destination at the Edgar Centre.
The Otago Smokefree Group wants smoking banned in Dunedin's playgrounds, but the idea did not appear popular with councillors.
A just-released peer review of the controversial Harrop St extension has suggested it be smaller, and that the land between the Dunedin Town Hall and St Paul's Cathedral be turned into a public space.
This year's annual plan hearings came with massive doses of déjà vu, as some well-worn arguments were trotted out about some well-worn issues.
Elizabeth Dickie will not mince words when she fronts up to the Dunedin City Council today to tell councillors her views on public consultation.