Where should lo­cal rates be spent?

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them di­rectly, or at least their close com­mu­nity. This is un­der­stand­able as it’s a prop­er­ty­based tax. But how di­rectly do ratepay­ers ex­pect that re­turn to them? We fre­quently hear the call that Rod­ney rates should be spent in Rod­ney. How about Wark­worth sub­di­vi­sion rates spent in Wark­worth? Ob­vi­ously the finer the line you try to draw on it, the more im­prac­ti­cal it be­comes. We gen­er­ally ac­cept that our rates need to sup­port wider re­gional in­fra­struc­ture, coastal and en­vi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment, where it would make no sense to draw a bound­ary line.

The big­gest ob­jec­tion to rates spend­ing is on trans­port, due to the ap­par­ent fo­cus on cen­tral city projects like cy­cle lanes and light rail, be­cause Rod­ney ap­pears to miss out on much needed in­vest­ment in in­fra­struc­ture, road seal­ing, ru­ral road main­te­nance, and pub­lic trans­port.

All of the lo­cal board’s pri­or­i­ties for spend­ing are worked up through pub­lic sub­mis­sions, dep­u­ta­tions, and re­quests. Just as with any house­hold bud­get, we need to cut our cloth, so the Rod­ney Lo­cal Board is fo­cussed on do­ing a few things re­ally well.

Have we got it right? To know, we need as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble to make a sub­mis­sion on the Mayor’s Ten Year Bud­get, and our draft an­nual bud­get. We need a good num­ber of sub­mis­sions to sam­ple pub­lic opin­ion on this and will only de­ter­mine next steps on the re­sult of those sub­mis­sions.

We are gaug­ing sup­port on: Com­ple­tion of a master plan for the fu­ture re­serve at Green Road, Dairy Flat; Con­tribut­ing fund­ing for the de­sign of the fu­ture mul­ti­sport build­ing at the Wark­worth Show­grounds; Fund­ing and sup­port­ing com­mu­nity projects to im­prove our town cen­tres; Con­tribut­ing fund­ing to con­struct a lo­cal in­door court fa­cil­ity at Hua­pai Do­main; An an­nual tar­geted rate of $150 to bring for­ward road seal­ing, foot­path con­struc­tion, and park-n-ride fa­cil­i­ties ear­lier than cur­rently planned. Of course you are wel­come to make any other com­ments. Full de­tails will be on akhavey­our­say.nz


Rod­ney Lo­cal Board chair­per­son Beth Houl­brooke.

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