DCC to look at raft of fee increases for 2011-12

Building consents, dog licence fees and season tickets to the Chinese Garden seem set to rise as the Dunedin City Council considers price hikes for the new financial year.

The cost of dying will also increase - again - as will some fees to use swimming pools and sports grounds, and even the cost of licensing a tattoo parlour.

Library charges, parking fees, and landfill charges remain unchanged but councillors still need to see how to recoup the cost of treating trade waste at the city's sewage treatment plants.

The council's 2011-12 pre-draft annual plan, to be considered by councillors next week, includes increases - and some cuts - to fees across most council departments.

Council chief executive Jim Harland said most of the proposed increases were relatively modest adjustments to match rising costs and inflation.

They also tried to recognise the true cost of delivering council services so that users, rather than all ratepayers, paid for the services they got.

Building consent fees were tipped to rise 2%, so that consent costs would rise from $8320 to $8486 for a building worth between $300,001 and $400,000, and from $9832 to $10,032 for a building worth between $400,001 and $500,000.

Those fees did not go up last year.

Other building-related fees could have some of the biggest increases in the pre-draft plan. The cost of a category B deposit could climb 19% (from $470 to $560) and a change or cancellation of conditions for a category B application could go up 30% ($730 to $900).

All 35 charges associated with the city's cemeteries and crematorium would rise so that burial rights, interments, exhumations, cremations, monumental permits and chapel hire would be 11% more expensive than this year.

Fees in those categories were all increased last year: adult burial rights that cost $1353 in 2009-10 rose to $1521, and could be as much as $1688 next year.

Dog registration fees would go from $84 to $86, microchipping would climb $1 to $38, the first impounding of a dog would go up $2 to $111, and $3 would be added to the old $156 charge for the first impounding of a horse, ass, mule, cattle-beast or deer.

Summer and winter sports will pay 2.5% more to use council sports grounds - winter sports will pay $1432 a season to use grounds with facilities - and the cost of season tickets to city swimming pools will also increase.

An adult season ticket to the Chinese Garden goes up $1.50 to $20, and from $12.50 to $15 for a student or beneficiary. The council has also revised its attendance target from 60,000 to 40,000 next year.

- stu.oldham@odt.co.nz

Add a Comment

Our journalists are your neighbours

We are the South's eyes and ears in crucial council meetings, at court hearings, on the sidelines of sporting events and on the frontline of breaking news.

As our region faces uncharted waters in the wake of a global pandemic, Otago Daily Times continues to bring you local stories that matter.

We employ local journalists and photographers to tell your stories, as other outlets cut local coverage in favour of stories told out of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

You can help us continue to bring you local news you can trust by becoming a supporter.

Become a Supporter