What we're doing
As we are not planning any major changes to what we said we would do in the 2018-2028 Long Term Plan (LTP), we are not undertaking a time-consuming and expensive special consultative procedure before adoption of the 2020/21 Annual Plan.
Our annual planning started long before COVID-19 so we expect that some of the contents will shift and change over the coming months before we adopt in June. The document outlines a 4.25% rates rise for the coming year but Council is looking closely for savings to lower the planned rates rise as we understand the economic pressure that may be felt by some in the community. We encourage anyone experiencing hardship who may have trouble paying their rates on time to talk with us. You may be eligible for a rates remission, rebate or payment plan.
Council has submitted several large-scale projects to Crown Infrastructure Projects to central government. If funding is received for these it will help lower rates costs for households.
Bay of Plenty Regional Council has signalled a zero rate-rise for the general rate but the targeted rate for the Waioeka-Otara river scheme is still unknown and may be felt heavily in our community.
We expect all this information and feedback from the community will inform the final annual plan document.
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