Plan open for comment

Bryan Cadogan.
Bryan Cadogan.
The Clutha District Council is seeking public feedback on its recently adopted draft annual plan which proposes a 2.37% increase in rates.

Residents have until May 12 to provide feedback on the council's 2017-18 draft annual plan as well as changes to the 2017-18 schedule of fees and charges after consultation was formally opened last week.

In a statement, a Clutha District Council spokeswoman said the annual plan would provide an update on the third year of the long-term plan 2015-25.

It will confirm the projects the council intends to deliver over the next financial year.

''It also includes estimates of how much this is expected to cost.''

The proposed 2.37% increase in rates is less than what was forecast in the long-term plan.

Clutha Mayor Bryan Cadogan urged everyone to have their say.

''Your input is always appreciated and helps us check we are on the right track.''

The spokeswoman said a ''significant change'' highlighted in the schedule of fees and charges was a proposal to increase building consent fees.

Plumbing and drainage would increase by up to 28% but some others would be as little as 2%.

The change aims to recover between 80% and 90% of the cost of building control services from those using these services.

The remaining 10% to 20% would be funded from a district-wide capital value based rate.

The proposal suggested a one-off significant increase or smaller increases over three years.

New projects identified included switching streetlights to LED lighting, improving sewerage systems and increased money for projects in parks and reserves.

Copies of the updates and plans are available on the council's website and the office or local service centres.

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