IN GOOD SHAPE
Matamata-Piako District Council is predicting a rate rise of 1.74 per cent for 2015/2016 and an increase of less than two per cent through the next decade. These figures were released by the council in a draft long-term plan at its monthly meeting on December 10, with mayor Jan Barnes calling it an excellent result. ‘‘We can be really pleased with smooth rates going forward.’’ She said the council has also kept debt low in its forecast. ‘‘This will give confidence to our community,’’ Barnes said. ‘‘The district is in good shape.’’ The draft plan is subject to approval by Audit New Zealand before going out to public comment for a month from April 1. A hearing of submissions is scheduled for May 20 and 21, with the finalised plan adopted on June 24.