Councillors may add an extra $2.56m to 10-year plan budget
Waipa¯ District councillors have indicated they may add a further $2.56 million to the draft 10-Year Plan budget before it is confirmed at the end of this month.
Last week’s Strategic Planning and Policy Committee meeting indicated strong support for five of the six major proposals outlined by council in its draft 10-Year Plan.
The proposal to provide a $500,000 grant to a new O¯ haupo¯ sport and recreation centre was also supported, but council staff have been directed to review the catchment area for ratepayers contributing.
Following submissions and deliberations, development of the Te Awamutu town centre has been brought forward a year. Work also looks set to start earlier than anticipated on a new Waipa¯ Discovery Centre in order to apply for external funding.
Some new projects, not detailed in the consultation material, also have gained support. They include new public toilets in Pirongia ($250,000), increased funding for the district’s two i-Sites (a further $30,000 each per year) and a one-off grant of $6000 to Creative Waikato.
Council also looks likely to give $750,000 to the Cambridge Historical Society to help build a brand new museum in Cambridge. A further one-off $50,000 grant to assist the Cambridge museum with planning for its proposed new building is also being considered.
Councillors have also indicated they will contribute $150,000 for a memorial war museum to be built in Le Quesnoy, France.
This grant would be contingent upon project plans being approved by French authorities.
In addition, council is keen to support a submission from the Brian Perry Charitable Trust by providing a $100,000 grant each year over three years to run a week-long cycling festival which will attract national and international visitors and contribute significantly to the local economy.
Despite these extra projects being included, as well as other changes made to the draft plan, Waipa¯’s average annual rates increase over 10 years is looking to be 1.46 per cent (without water charges), compared to the 1.53 per cent previously forecast.
Council will approve the final 10-Year Plan budget at its council meeting on Tuesday, June 26.