Three of the most expensive capital projects planned by the Dunedin City Council, together costing tens of millions of dollars, could be temporarily shelved in an effort to ease the burden on ratepayers.
Building consents, dog licence fees and season tickets to the Chinese Garden seem set to rise as the Dunedin City Council considers price hikes for the new financial year.
New ways to charge about 800 Dunedin businesses for trade waste have passed their latest hurdle without debate.
Details of a $13 million plan to upgrade the middle of Dunedin, with improvements to the Octagon, George St and other parts of the central city, will run the gauntlet of city councillors in cost-cutting mode next week.
Funding for the Dunedin City Council's warehouse precinct plan will be brought forward three years to next year's budget, so staff can take advantage of significant private investment and improvement happening in the area now.
The gates to the Dunedin Chinese Garden could soon be thrown open, as part of a new scheme offering Dunedin ratepayers free access to the city's cultural attractions while tourists are required to pay.
The Dunedin City Council has managed to wring some money from its budgets using a method it has been using for some time - deferring its spending on depreciation.
Library opening hours could be reduced, and financial support for heritage and home insultation programmes could follow, as the Dunedin City Council eyes possible cuts to services during the next financial year.
The New Zealand Historic Places Trust (HPT) has been challenged to help the Dunedin City Council beef up a council-administered heritage fund.
The Dunedin City Council is under pressure to continue work on the Otago Peninsula walkway, cycleway and road-widening project, and fund its share of the planned new Blueskin Bay library.
Dunedin city council staff will investigate the options for placing a 24-hour toilet in the Octagon, including where it should go and how much it would cost.
Opponents of the Lovelock Ave realignment say they will return to annual plan hearings in May to restate their opposition to the project, but are wondering why they were not listened to the first time round.
Dunedin city councillors sit down next week to grapple with the first year of a projected rates hump that will last the term of the present council.
It "looks like" the Dunedin City Council owns the city's 232 bus shelters and it appears the Otago Regional Council has agreed to help fix them.
A project to help homeowners insulate and install "clean" heating systems was included in Dunedin's annual plan yesterday, and described as "a great initiative" by Mayor Dave Cull, after an almost unanimous vote.
Money to expand Dunedin's cycleways has been added to the budget from 2015-16.
The implications and costs of providing new or upgraded gymnastic facilities for Dunedin are to be investigated by Dunedin City Council staff before councillors start considering their 2014-15 budget.
The Dunedin City Council faces a double whammy of lost revenue and community anger - at least from some sectors - if it defers some or all of a list of major capital projects in an effort to save money.