Weekday lifeguarding stays
More than $320,000 will be cut from Porirua City Council’s budget in the next financial year, but there have been U-turns on some items on the chopping board.
Among items cut, as council chief executive Wendy Walker and her team aimed for a slimmed-down budget, was the $250,000 a year for inorganic collection service, $10,000 to mow the grass at Elsdon Park, $8000 to clean the toilets at Whitireia Park and $20,000 was shaved from the community outcomes fund.
Porirua’s main library and Cannons Creek Pool will be closed on public holidays, saving ratepayers $13,000.
However, Annual Plan submitters were up in arms about two services at Titahi Bay beach that were down to be axed from the Annual Plan. One was the $22,000 for weekday life-guarding and the other was $30,000 for wardens. Both were retained.
The total cuts from next year’s council budget represented $321,000 in savings.
On June 29, the council will officially ratify the plan and strike the rate, which is expected to be an average 3.3 per cent rise across the city.
Of the 1138 submissions, 43 per cent came from the Eastern ward of Porirua; 17 per cent from the Western ward, and 18 per cent from the Northern ward. The rest were from non-residents or unidentified locations.
Titahi Bay Surf Life Saving Club patrol captain Nick Mulcahy says it is great news that Porirua City Council has retained its funding for weekday lifeguarding on the beach.