Spending is under the microscope as Dunedin city councillors this week grapple with the 2011-12 budget, with its forecast 6.1% rates increase.
Motorists are set to pay more to park in central Dunedin.
A multimillion-dollar fund from the sale of a power scheme could protect an endangered fund to help Dunedin people pay their power bills.
Dunedin's community board leaders have called on the Dunedin City Council to continue its work on city projects, while asking for more money for their own activities.
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.
Delaying major capital projects will again be considered by the Dunedin City Council next week, as part of a drive to reduce a 6.1% rates hike forecast for the next financial year.
Plans to spend nearly $30 million reshaping Dunedin's library service over the next six years will be slashed in half if a proposal to be considered by the Dunedin City Council this week is accepted.
Dunedin city councillors are divided over the merits of delaying multimillion-dollar capital projects to ease the pressure on ratepayers, but might consider more controversial steps.
Dunedin's elected representatives will hit the books today as they sit down to begin scrutinising the city's budgets for the next financial year.
The Dunedin City Council faces a possible $5.8 million bill to upgrade the Dunedin Botanic Garden, and a warning any attempt to save money by deferring work on the Otago Settlers Museum could backfire.
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.
Council housing rents could rise by $10 a week, which would push the cost of a single partitioned flat through the $100 a week threshold for the first time.
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.
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.
Dunedin City Council managers are under pressure to help find $6 million in savings and slash next year's forecast 9.1% rates increase by two-thirds.
The chairman of the expanded Dunedin City Council committee that will oversee the city's finances has warned "belt-tightening" is expected from both the council and the community during the next three years.
The Dunedin City Council ended the last financial year with a $60 million net surplus - $20 million more than expected.
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.
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.
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.