Coun­cil saves on fuel bill

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Cut­ting back on fuel costs is some­thing we all try to do in­clud­ing the South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil which has achieved im­pres­sive re­sults over the last fi­nan­cial year.

The South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil has achieved just over 20 per cent in fuel sav­ing costs for the 2015 to 2016 fi­nan­cial year.

The sig­nif­i­cant cut is thanks to the coun­cil, which over­sees the likes of Ti­rau, Putaruru, and Toko­roa, par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Waikato Lo­cal Author­ity Shared Ser­vices syn­di­cated con­tract.

Deputy chief ex­ec­u­tive Ben Smit said it was a fan­tas­tic achieve­ment.

‘‘This is yet an­other great ex­am­ple of cost sav­ings our coun­cil has achieved for ratepay­ers by tak­ing ad­van­tage of shared ser­vices and syn­di­cated pro­cure­ment ar­range­ments,’’ he said.

To de­liver the broad range of ac­tiv­i­ties and ser­vices on of­fer in South Waikato com­mu­ni­ties, the coun­cil pur­chased 90,000 litres of fuel dur­ing the 2015 to 2016 year which cost $103,000. That in­cludes a sav­ing of $21,500 equat­ing to a 20.8 per cent sav­ing.

The over­all sav­ings across the eight coun­cils cur­rently in­volved in the syn­di­cated con­tract was 24.3 per cent and the South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil is con­tin­u­ing to look for ways to im­prove ser­vice de­liv­ery and re­duce costs to its com­mu­nity.

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