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The number of people making submissions on Dunedin City Council's annual plan has dropped substantially.
Figures released to the Otago Daily Times showed 602 submissions were received by the close of the consultation period for the 2016-17 annual plan, with 78 submitters indicating they want to speak at hearings being held today and tomorrow.
It is down on the 1119 submissions received for the 2014-15 plan and the 2178 received during last year's consultation on the 2015-16 to 2024-25 long-term plan.
Council corporate planner Jane Nevill said it was possible the drop in submissions was a result of Government changes to the way annual plans were consulted on.
The change meant members of the public were only asked to comment on changes councils made to the long-term email@example.com
Top 5 submission topics
2: Spending priorities.
3: Supporting arts and culture.
4: Supporting the community.
5: Supporting economic development.