Speak now on coun­cil plans

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page -

Mata­mata res­i­dents still have time to have a say on Mata­mata-Pi­ako Dis­trict Coun­cil’s draft An­nual Plan.

The plan out­lines ex­actly what the coun­cil plans to achieve in the next year and what it is pre­dicted to cost.

It sets the di­rec­tion for the next 12 months – out­lin­ing the coun­cil’s key projects and pri­or­i­ties, and what this will mean for your rates.

A rates in­crease of less than 2.5 per cent is be­ing pro­posed by the coun­cil this year to un­der­take all the projects and de­liver the ser­vices out­lined in the An­nual Plan.

Mata­mata- Pi­ako Dis­trict Mayor Hugh Ver­coe said the news is not all doom and gloom.

‘‘Mata­mata-Pi­ako Dis­trict Coun­cil is ex­tremely con­scious that the econ­omy is not strong at the mo­ment and the drought will se­verely im­pact our whole dis­trict,’’ he said.

‘‘ Our orig­i­nal as­sess­ment of year two was that rates would need to in­crease by over 6 per cent to fi­nance the pro­posed pro­gramme. Changes, cost sav­ings and vari­a­tions have re­duced this in­crease down to less than 2.5 per cent.’’

Mr Ver­coe said if there were ar­eas you con­sider should be re­moved then let the coun­cil know by way of a sub­mis­sion.

‘‘If you think we should in­clude any ad­di­tional ex­pen­di­ture then again you need to lodge a for­mal sub­mis­sion de­tail­ing your re­quest,’’ he said.

The clos­ing date for all sub­mis­sions is this Fri­day, May 24.

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