Annual plan up for discussion
Consultation on Porirua City Council’s draft Annual Plan has opened with proposals for cost reductions while ensuring core infrastructure investment is maintained.
A 5.03 per cent increase forecast in the Long-term Plan could drop to 3.7 per cent if the proposals in the draft Annual Plan are adopted – with further options to cut it to 2.85 per cent.
Mayor Nick Leggett urged residents to share their views.
‘‘The 2016-17 draft Annual Plan includes efficiencies and belttightening to limit our rates increase as much as possible, while continuing to do vital work and provide amenities that make this place special,’’ Leggett said.
‘‘We have gone through the books with a fine-tooth comb and teased out savings of $1.5 million, which include staff savings, more efficient operations and some increased fees and charges.
He said the council was not proposing a slash and burn exercise.
Rate increases could be even lower but that would require cuts to some services.
The draft plan also asks the community for feedback on whether the council should offer the living wage to council staff, whether to amalgamate with Wellington, and future changes to rubbish and recycling.
Submissions on the draft Annual Plan close on April 30.
More than 500 primary school pupils got a chance to score their first try or goal at Westpac Stadium last week. Event organiser Patrick Simpson said the Sport Wellington Stadium Sports Festival gave years 5 and 6 school children the chance to have a go at sports they might not have tried. It has been running the event for 13 years. The youngsters could participate in 20 sports during the day. ‘‘It is a fantastic opportunity for children from different schools to come together to take part in new sports and be active while having fun,’’ he said.