Annual plan, rates meeting

People will get a chance to question the Waitaki District Council about its draft 2011-12 annual plan and proposed 4.55% rates increase at a meeting on Monday.

The council was not planning "road shows" this year, and so the Waitaki Citizens and Ratepayers had organised the meeting in the Union Parish Hall at 7pm, to which it had invited the public, president Warren Crawford said yesterday.

In past years, the council has taken its annual plan on the road to public meetings involving staff and councillors in Oamaru, Palmerston, the Ahuriri and Corriedale wards.

Last year, attendances were poor, in some cases councillors and staff out-numbering the public, so the council decided to use other methods this year to publicise the annual plan and encourage submissions.

However, it also offered to attend meetings called by groups, which prompted the ratepayers' organisation to hold one in Oamaru.

Submissions on the draft annual plan close on April 29. The council will hear and consider the submissions on May 18 and 19, before making a final decision on June 21.

 

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