Information document on 2017/18 Annual Plan released
Opotiki District Council has released an information document on the 2017/18 Annual Plan Your assets, your community, your future – our plan in action. The document shows what rates are expected to be for a sample of properties and tells how we plan to progress our major projects for the 2017/18 year. Overall the Council has managed to keep the total rates increase to 3.62% compared to a 6.29% increase forecast in the Long Term Plan.
In September last year the three yearly district property revaluation was undertaken. The 2017/18 rating year will be the first year that the new values will be applied for rating purposes. Some categories of property have increased in value much more than others, these properties will see an increase in their rates. Conversely there have been some property values that have not increased, and for some of these there will be little to no increase in rates. There has been a significant increase in kiwifruit and dairy values with kiwifruit back to levels last seen in 2011.
Opotiki Mayor John Forbes said the 2015-2025 Long Term Plan was consulted on extensively and Council is happy with the strong foundation that has been built with the plan. "Council intends to stick with the programme of work and levels of service set for year three of the plan with only a few minor differences."
"This is good news as, due to new legislation, it means we don't need to run a formal consultation process or produce a draft Annual Plan and this will provide cost savings for our ratepayers."
Mayor Forbes is keen to point out that even though Council is not holding a formal hearing and submission process for the 2017/18 Annual Plan, they are still keen to receive feedback which can then be put forward and considered when making decisions on future plans.
"We encourage a culture of 'year-round' consultation in Opotiki, where the community feel they can share their views and provide feedback at any time and on any aspect of Council business. The Consultation page on our website lists a range of ways our community can have a voice in the Council decision making process."
A copy of the information document and a link to an online feedback form can be found on our Annual Plan page. The 2017/18 Annual Plan will be adopted by 30 June 2017 and become operative from 1 July 2017.
The Opotiki District Council 2017/18 Annual Plan numbers:
- $11.4 million - Debt – Decrease from $13.7 million as forecast in LTP
- $13.4 million – Operating Funding – no change from LTP forecast
- $15.8 million – Capital expenditure – $13 million lower than LTP forecast due to delays in Harbour Project created by validation process
- $11.4 million – Operating expenditure – minor change from LTP forecast
- 3.62% Total Rate Revenue Increase – down from 6.29% increase forecast in the LTP