Motorists are set to pay more to park in central Dunedin.
Dunedin ratepayers burdened by a decade of hefty rate increases could finally be in for some relief, with the city council's budget heralding a softening of the annual increases in homeowners' pockets.
The Dunedin City Council has a fight on its hands to keep a lid on rates increases, with demands for new spending over the next few days likely to place pressure on a self-imposed rates cap.
A decade of discipline is needed to protect the Dunedin City Council's fragile finances until debt repayments ease the fiscal squeeze, council chief executive Paul Orders says.
After partly reinstating its seal extension programme in the city's pre-draft budget in January, Duned
The $45 million Dunedin Centre and Dunedin Town Hall projects have been rejigged and delayed by a year as Dunedin city councillors try to contain the size of this year's rates increase.
A multimillion-dollar fund from the sale of a power scheme could protect an endangered fund to help Dunedin people pay their power bills.
Multimillion-dollar spending cuts to stem runaway rates increases could result in the end of new road sealing, and the end of plans to upgrade the city's sports fields for at least the next decade.
A plan to build an artificial turf at Logan Park and develop a new Maori consultation model have not found favour with people answering a questionnaire on the Dunedin City Council's draft long-term budget.
Dunedin city councillors will gather behind closed doors today to get to grips with an early budget that forecasts a rates rise of just 2.8% for the coming financial year.
Dunedin ratepayers look set to pay an extra 7.3% in rates for the next financial year, along with increased fees and charges for activities ranging from building a house to burying the dead.
Dunedin city councillors have trimmed 2.1% from forecast rates increases for the next financial year, reducing the expected burden to 5.2%, but must now wait to hear what ratepayers think of their efforts.
The Dunedin City Council already has potential buyers interested in taking a closer look at Carisbrook, and the chances of breaking even on the council's $7 million deal remain "reasonable", council city property manager Robert Clark says.
The debate has already started, and more major issues are on the horizon, as Dunedin city councillors begin considering the financial future of the city.
The Dunedin City Council needs to do more to protect cyclists from injury and death, Cr Richard Thomson says.
Fears reform of the local government sector poses a serious threat to the Dunedin City Council's group of companies and their activities are to be investigated.
The Dunedin City Council annual plan meeting began with finger-pointing yesterday, when council chief executive Jim Harland launched an attack on the media.
The Dunedin City Council ended the last financial year with a $60 million net surplus - $20 million more than expected.
Spending is under the microscope as Dunedin city councillors this week grapple with the 2011-12 budget, with its forecast 6.1% rates increase.