Speak now on council plans
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.