Rates draft out

Cuts have been made and with a proposed 3.3% rates rise for the next financial year, Waitaki Mayor Alex Familton says it is now up to the community to "either confirm that direction or request changes".

The Waitaki District Council yesterday adopted the audited draft Waitaki community plan 2009-19, which also includes the budget for the next financial year.

The draft plan will now go out for public consultation with a summary inserted in the Waitaki Herald on March 20.

It will also be available at various locations throughout the district, on the council's website and posted out to non-resident ratepayers.

Public meetings will also be held throughout the district and concerns were expressed yesterday that no meeting had been scheduled for the Corriedale ward.

If there was not going to be a meeting in Corriedale, then Cr Struan Munro could not see any reason to have five across the rest of the district. One in Ahuriri, one in Palmerston and one in Oamaru would be sufficient, he said.

It was decided a meeting should be held at Five Forks - in the Corriedale ward - subject to audit approval.

Video conferencing was used at the meeting, for the first time strategy


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