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Regional Council adopts draft plan for consultation

Monday, 19 March 2012 10:00 a.m.

Changes to the proportions of funding Bay of Plenty Regional Council collects from general rates and targeted rates is one proposal being put forward for public feedback in its draft Ten Year Plan 2012 - 2022 (seeFunding our workfor more details).

The draft Ten Year Plan 2012 - 2022 sets out the Regional Council's work priorities for the next decade as well as setting out how we will pay for that work.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council Chairman John Cronin said Councillors had spent a lot of time preparing the draft Plan, and now it was time for the community to have their say.

"We really need to know what you think about the work we're planning to do," Mr Cronin said. "We've done a lot of work to try and keep the amount of money we're asking you to contribute to what we believe is necessary, given legislative requirements and the community's expectations on us to take action. But we need you to let us know if you think we've got it correct."

From Tuesday 27 March, when submissions open, people will be able to download a copy of the summary or the full plan from the Regional Council's website www.boprc.govt.nz, which will also have information about how people can make a submission.

Mr Cronin said people should keep an eye out for the regional newsletter Backyard, delivered into letterboxes at the end of March, as it also has information about the draft Plan.

"This year we've included a survey in Backyard for people to fill out. We hope as many people as possible take the opportunity to help us set our direction for the next ten years.

The draft Ten Year Plan includes a general rate increase in each year. Depending on where people live in the region, this is the equivalent of an increase of between $7 and $29 in Year One (about 15 cents to 60 cents per week), $10 and $13 in Year Two (about 20 cents to 25 cents per week); and $11 and $14 in Year Three (about 20 cents to 25 cents per week) (seeGeneral ratesinformationfor more detail).

This means a proposed general rate increase of 12 percent in Year One (compared to the 2011/12 year), an increase of 8.5 percent in Year Two, and an increase of 8.5 percent in Year Three.

In Year One of the draft Ten Year Plan the Regional Council is proposing to spend $112 million on work, $107 million in Year Two and $113 million in Year Three.

"The region has historical environmental issues that require action, including Kopeopeo Canal, which is a contaminated site; Rotorua Lakes; and Tauranga Harbour. Some of this work is triggered by Central Government funding contributions being available now. While this work is expensive, we don't want to miss the opportunity to get it done, however we need to know what you think."

The draft Ten Year Plan 2012 - 2022 will be open for submissions from Tuesday 27 March until 4pm on Friday 27 April.

A copy of the draft Ten Year Plan and the summary document will be available for download from the Regional Council's website www.boprc.govt.nz from Tuesday 27 March, along with information about how people can make a submission. Alternatively people can call 0800 884 880 and request a copy.

For more media information contact Bay of Plenty Regional Council Chairman John Cronin on 021 578 001.

Funding our work

In the draft Ten Year Plan 2012 - 2022, the Regional Council is proposing a rates increase. Two key factors are driving this proposal.

The first driver for this is the proposal by Council to collect a lower proportion of revenue through targeted rates for certain programmes.

This means that a larger proportion of the costs of some programmes (Rotorua Lakes, Passenger Transport and Rotorua Air) will be paid for by all ratepayers, rather than by specific communities.

This decision does not affect the total income we receive from rates. Overall, the changes have the effect of reducing the targeted rates for some rating areas and increasing general rates for ratepayers as a whole.

The second driver for these changes is that between the current Annual Plan year (2011/12) and the first year of the Draft Ten Year Plan, there has been a $3.1 million increase in operating expenditure. Areas with a notable increase are the:

  • Sustainable Land Use Programme (in the Sustainable Land Management Activity) - reflecting an additional focus on nutrient management on dairy farms and implementation projects around Tauranga Harbour;
  • Rotorua Lakes Programme (in the Sustainable Water Management Activity) - reflecting a focus on land use change in the Lake Rotorua catchment to enable levels of service to be met; and
  • Rivers, Drainage and Flood Management Activity - reflecting the flood damage repairs that need to be carried out to enable levels of service to be maintained.

There is not enough money available to Council to fund this work other than to get it through rates. For example, if we don't carry out our Rotorua Lakes work then we are at risk of not meeting the requirements to ensure we continue to get Central Government funding for restoration. Additionally, if we don't do flood repairs we are placing the livelihoods of many farmers and some communities at risk.

General rates by area based on average land value

Kawerau

2012/13

Average land value

$39,000

Total general rates

$92

Weekly cost

$1.80

Increase on last year*

$7

 

Ōpōtiki

2012/13

Average land value

$121,000

Total general rates

$116

Weekly cost

$2.22

Increase on last year*

$10

 

Whakatāne

2012/13

Average land value

$180,000

Total general rates

$131

Weekly cost

$2.50

Increase on last year*

$10

 

Rotorua

2012/13

Average land value

$82,000

Total general rates

$107

Weekly cost

$2.05

Increase on last year*

$14

 

Tauranga

2012/13

Average land value

$200,000

Total general rates

$138

Weekly cost

$2.65

Increase on last year*

$14

 

Western Bay

2012/13

Average land value

$310,000

Total general rates

$173

Weekly cost

$3.30

Increase on last year*

$29

 

* The increase on last year has been adjusted for the change in general rates and targeted rates proportions.

 

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