LTP, rates signed off
Porirua people face an average rates rise of 3.4 per cent in the coming year, after Porirua City Council signed off its 10-year plan last week.
In the draft Long Term Plan it was proposed to increase rates by 3.2 per cent but a number of changes to the budget has led to the slight increase. Retaining litter bins around the city, more funding for surf lifesaving, stormwater upgrades and reinstating an annual residents’ survey are among inclusions.
An extra $154,000 for a walkway/cycleway from Wineera Dr to Onepoto, to be built in 2015/16, was a late addition. It had been in the 2009-19 plan but was to be set aside due to budget constraints.
Support in principle for the proposed writers’ walk along the waterfront and a redevelopment of Aotea College’s auditorium were also noted, along with the decision to decline collecting a levy from ratepayers for the regional amenities fund.
Council manager of corporate services Euan Dempsey said the final draft of the long-term plan had been given ‘‘a clean bill of health’’ by independent auditors.
‘‘There are no issues I need to report to you [councillors]. We have demonstrated clearly that over the last three years we have met the auditors’ test of prudence.’’
Deputy mayor Liz Kelly, sitting in for the absent mayor Nick Leggett, who has been on leave in Scotland, said it had been a tough road for council officers to prepare a long-term plan in this economic climate.
The ‘‘ to- ing and fro- ing’’ in recent weeks, reflecting the wants and wishes of councillors and public submitters, had meant a tricky balancing act.
Parallel consultation on fees and charges, the Porirua Transportation Strategy, and e-voting for local body elections were also finalised.