The Revenue and Financing Policy describes how Council will use revenue and financing sources to fund its activities. Council reviews its Revenue and Financing Policy every three years as part developing the Long Term Plan. This year, we are proposing two changes outside of this normal review cycle. Submissions on these proposed amendments are being sought using the same process and timeline for the Annual Plan 2019/20.

Council is proposing new targeted rates to partially fund two activities. These are for the Community Engagement Activity, to provide transparency of revenue collected for regional safety and rescue services, and for the Regional Infrastructure Activity to allow for possible infrastructure funding that benefits specific geographic areas.

The section below outlines why we’re proposing the changes, and the other options we considered.

Community Engagement Activity

The Community Engagement Activity is currently funded 100% through general funds. The Annual Plan 2019/20 proposes a new approach to council funding of regional safety and rescue services which has led us to re evaluate whether this continues to be appropriate.

After considering the funding needs set out in the Local Government Act (2002) section 101(3)A, we think a targeted rate could be an appropriate way for us to fund regional safety and rescue services. Implementing a targeted rate would help us make sure the costs of this work matches the geographic distribution of benefits, ensures there is transparency of the costs and that these funds are only used for regional and rescue services. We are not proposing to set any targeted rate for this in 2019/20 – this amendment only enables targeted rate to be used in the future if it is considered appropriate. The other option we have is to fund regional safety and rescue services through general funds, which would not allow us to provide transparency, ring-fence funds, or match the geographic distribution of benefits.

Regional Infrastructure Activity

The Regional Infrastructure activity is currently funded 100% through reserves. After considering the funding needs set out in the Local Government Act (2002) section 101(3)A, we think a targeted rate could be an appropriate way for us to recover the cost of specific projects. Reserves or debt would be used for up-front costs, which would be recovered through general funds if there is region-wide benefit, or through targeted rates, if the benefit is limited to a certain geographic area. We are not proposing to set any targeted rate for this in 2019/20 – this amendment only enables targeted rates to be used in the future if it is considered appropriate.

Another option we have is to continue to fund the Regional Infrastructure Activity solely from reserves. While this has been appropriate to date, it may not be appropriate for the variety of funding requests that could be received in the future.

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From Monday 18 March until Monday 6 May you’ll be able to make an online submission here on our website.

Come speak to us - 2019

Date

Venue

Time

Sunday 24 March 

Waihī Beach Community market

9am - 1pm

Sunday 24 March 

Ōmokoroa Community Church

3pm - 5pm

Wednesday 27 March

Brookfield New World

9am - 12pm

Saturday 30 March

Te Puke New World

10am - 2pm

Saturday 6 April 

Ōhope market

8.30am - 12.30pm

Monday 8 April   

Tauranga Library/Atrium, Tauranga CBD, Willow Street

3pm - 6pm

Thursday 11 April

Ōpōtiki New World

10am - 2pm

Friday 12 April

Tarawera Mall, Kawerau

10am - 1pm

Saturday 13 April

Kuirau Park Market, Rotorua

7am - 1.30pm 

Sunday 14 April   

Gordon Spratt Reserve, Papamoa

8am - Midday

Wednesday 17 April

Welcome Bay Community Centre Expo

11am - 3pm

Have your say events - 2019

Date and Time

Venue

  • Monday 29 April, 3pm – 7pm
  • Wednesday 1 May, 3pm – 7pm

Tauranga

Bay of Plenty Regional Council, 87 First Avenue

Tuesday 30 April, 3pm – 7pm

Whakatāne

East Bay REAP, 21 Pyne Street 

Thursday 2 May, 3pm – 7pm

Rotorua

Bay of Plenty Regional Council, 1125 Arawa Street 

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