Ashburton targets Onslow camp costs
The Onslow Airport accommodation camp is in the sights of the Shire of Ashburton as it searches for cost savings.
Shire president Kerry White said camp maintenance costs were being revisited because of the alternative accommodation options now available in Onslow.
The savings drive is being undertaken in part to accommodate the proposed 2016-17 rates, which would be set against the annual Local Government Cost Index of 1.5 per cent. Mrs White said yield increase would be slightly higher mostly because of residential growth in Onslow.
“The council is very much aware of the changes to resource materials’ global pricing and has been reviewing its budgets to ensure optimum outcomes are achieved at the most responsible cost levels,” she said.
“The biggest difficulty with setting a fair rate across the four Shire townsites in the 2014-15 financial year was the significant variations in valuation adjustments that occurred between the western and the eastern sections of the Shire.
“The council was able to provide some level of cushioning by setting some caps to valuation increases, but townsite rate increases for 2016-17 will closely reflect the Local Government Cost Index.”
The biggest proposed increase would be to the unimproved value of pastoral rates, set to rise by 14.7 per cent. Mrs White said a five-year phase-in proposal was agreed last year.