Coun­cil adopts an­nual re­port

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Ka¯ piti Coast Dis­trict Coun­cil has adopted its lat­est an­nual re­port with a clear com­mit­ment to de­liv­er­ing good qual­ity ser­vices to the dis­trict’s ratepay­ers, at the same time as re­duc­ing bor­row­ings and work­ing to­wards fi­nan­cial fu­ture­proof­ing.

Mayor K Gu­runathan said the re­port clearly shows res­i­dents what’s been achieved on their be­half.

“We’re mak­ing sure we stay on track with our over­ar­ch­ing long term plans and what we’ve told our res­i­dents we’ll fo­cus on. That means com­mit­ting to pru­dent but ef­fec­tive fi­nan­cial man­age­ment across all of coun­cil’s var­ied ac­tiv­i­ties and lo­cal gov­ern­ment re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, while of­fer­ing the best ser­vices we can in the right way.

“I take my hat off to all the peo­ple who’ve worked hard to meet the needs of our grow­ing com­mu­nity and de­liv­ered this year’s fi­nan­cial and ser­vice de­liv­ery re­sults.”

The mayor said there’d been a num­ber of key pro­grammes work­ing in part­ner­ship with the com­mu­nity and in­ter­act­ing even more on is­sues like plans for park and play­ground de­vel­op­ments, set­ting lo­cal road speed lim­its and de­ci­sion-mak­ing to al­low Easter Trad­ing.

Shap­ing and agree­ing plans for the next 20 years through the long term plan con­sul­ta­tion Build­ing a stronger Ka¯ piti to­gether was a sig­nif­i­cant com­mu­nity en­gage­ment ex­er­cise and has de­liv­ered a plat­form for Coun­cil to fo­cus on sus­tain­able growth and stormwa­ter im­prove­ments.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Wayne Maxwell said the fi­nan­cial year had brought fresh chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties but coun­cil had con­tin­ued its fo­cus on de­liv­er­ing core ser­vices and im­prov­ing its fi­nan­cial po­si­tion.

“It’s par­tic­u­larly pleas­ing that in the same week we adopt our an­nual re­port our fi­nan­cial man­age­ment rat­ing has stepped up a notch with Stan­dard and Poor’s putting us on a pos­i­tive out­look.

“We are also do­ing well when it comes to our op­er­at­ing costs per ratepayer.

“The Tax­pay­ers’ Union ratepay­ers re­port ranked our costs as the sec­ond low­est in the coun­try ear­lier this year.

“We con­tin­ued to see pos­i­tive cus­tomer sat­is­fac­tion with coun­cil with an over­all sat­is­fac­tion rat­ing of 80 per cent in the 2017/18 Res­i­dent Opin­ion Sur­vey.”

Mr Maxwell ac­knowl­edged there had been some chal­lenges in de­liv­er­ing as­pects of coun­cil’s ser­vices to the qual­ity ex­pected or to the full sat­is­fac­tion of the com­mu­nity.

Coun­cil was work­ing to im­prove fu­ture de­liv­ery in those ar­eas, he said, mean­while he re­minded ratepay­ers that coun­cil’s high debt lev­els had been get­ting plenty of at­ten­tion.

A re­view of the en­tire cap­i­tal works pro­gramme had seen a $7.5 mil­lion re­duc­tion in planned spend.

“Over­all the dis­trict is in good shape and we achieved an op­er­at­ing sur­plus of $5.9 mil­lion, a sig­nif­i­cantly bet­ter out­come than the fore­cast $1.35 mil­lion deficit.

“This is largely the re­sult of rev­enue at­tracted by high lev­els of devel­op­ment in the dis­trict dur­ing the fi­nan­cial year and a pos­i­tive in­di­ca­tor of the dis­trict’s growth.

“We can be op­ti­mistic about those prospects over the next few years,” he said.

The ma­jor­ity of this year’s sur­plus would be used to pay off debt.

Over the 20 years of the long term plan coun­cil would be re­pay­ing al­most $30m.

The adopted draft re­port, in­clud­ing a full fi­nan­cial overview, is avail­able on the coun­cil’s web­site.

Some of this year’s re­port high­lights

■ re­duced cap­i­tal ex­pen­di­ture in line with the ‘green line’ strat­egy to re­duce coun­cil’s debt to in­come ra­tio

■ ended the year with lower than planned bor­row­ings at 198 per­cent of op­er­at­ing in­come

■ op­er­at­ing sur­plus of $5.9 mil­lion (largely due to higher devel­op­ment in the dis­trict)

■ year-end rat­ing sur­plus of $1 mil­lion

■ com­pleted ap­prox­i­mately 90 per cent of the re­vised cap­i­tal pro­gramme

■ $23.8m in­vested in cap­i­tal works in­clud­ing:

$7.2m for road­ing and shared path net­work

$3.4m on town cen­tres

$2.1m in waste­water sys­tems $1.5m in stormwa­ter projects

$5m to im­prove out­door spa­ces and leisure/re­cre­ation fa­cil­i­ties

Key projects com­pleted

■ Rede­vel­op­ment of the O¯ taki pool and new com­mu­nity splash pad

■ Ka¯ piti Lights Up­grade as part of the town cen­tre trans­for­ma­tion pro­gramme

■ Progress on five-year earth­quake prone build­ing as­sess­ments — 156 build­ing as­sessed

■ Com­ple­tion of the Youth Devel­op­ment Cen­tre in part­ner­ship with Zeal

Com­mu­nity and other ini­tia­tives

■ Nine com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tion ap­proved for con­testable so­cial in­vest­ment fund­ing

■ 19 young peo­ple and groups awarded Ka¯ piti Youth Coun­cil Yout2U Dol­lars grants

■ Nine cit­i­zen­ship cer­e­monies for 347 peo­ple

■ Host­ing of Wai­tangi Day ex­hi­bi­tion Te Tir­iti in part­ner­ship with Te Whakami­nenga o Ka¯ piti

■ First ever PopUp Busi­ness School Aotearoa with WREDA and oth­ers

■ Launch of Ka¯ piti’s first des­ti­na­tion web­site kapiti­coastnz.com

■ Launch of Air Chathams flight sched­ule to Auck­land

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