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Long Term Plan 2021-2031 adopted

Council confirms 13% increase for year 1 of the Long Term Plan

Council has confirmed the 13% rate increase proposed in the draft Long Term Plan 2021 – 31 for year 1. Despite a slight delay, Council adopted the Westland District Te Kahui o Poutini Long Term Plan 2021 – 2031 on 30 June 2021, meeting the statutory deadline.

Mayor Bruce Smith says, “The Councillors and I are satisfied that this plan will meet the needs of the district in the long-term and allow us to continue to improve and upgrade the district’s infrastructure. We have successfully received funding to make things happen over the past three years, and we intend to continue to take advantage of any funding opportunities available. With successful funding applications, we can keep rates lower and still work on projects. Even though we have added in additional funding for footpath accessibility and maintenance, and moved the work on the Cass Square playground forward to year 1, we still kept the rate increase at what we proposed in our Consultation Document. This is because NZTA are not giving as much funding as we asked for to Council’s around the country, but we will be using what funding we receive strategically to continue with the same level of service in the land transport activity.”

Proposals and changes adopted in the Long Term Plan:

  • Uniform Annual General Charge lowered to 17.5%.
  • Elderly Housing assets will be transferred to Destination Westland ownership.
  • Extending the Hokitika Swimming Pool to include a warm water toddler or learners’ pool supported in principle with the Chief Executive directed to investigate external funding sources.
  • Rates Remission: Adverse Possession Policy adopted.
  • $100,000 additional funding for footpath maintenance was included in the Land Transport activity in years 1 – 10. Staff were directed to consider accessibility in planning footpath and kerb work.
  • Work on the Cass Square playground was brought forward to year 1.
  • Funding for an Infrastructure Development Manager in the District Assets team was added.