Year in review and the year to come

Straight from city council
A personal view,
by Councillor Steve Morris

After years of being able to ‘look but not touch' the waterfront, the opening of the tidal stairs and pontoon was a highlight for me. Like the new Greerton Library before it, they're examples of cost-effective projects achieved by the previous council that add to our residents' quality of life.

2017 is the last year that the previous council's long-term budget has been influencing how your rates are spent and how much we collect. The average rate rise over the three years of that budget has been 3.1 per cent - reasonable, when you consider the challenges of managing a growing city.

2018 will see the current council's long-term budget come into force. The average increase is forecast to be 9.1 per cent over the next three years. The forecast rates rise will be blunted for most homeowners, however, if residents agree to a proposed change in the rating system which shifts some of the burden onto commercial ratepayers and reduces the burden on the average homeowner. May I wish you all a Happy New Year. We live in a great city, so enjoy it!

4 Comments

But

Posted on 01-01-2018 18:49 | By Accountable

What has the work on the waterfront done for the CBD? Absolutely nothing apart from costing a lot of money. Steve, what do you think are the benefits to the CBD and where can you physically show the value of the money spent by the ratepayer? Because of councils incompetent staff there is a very limited amount of parking left in the CBD and any new attraction or event has dire consequences for the businesses in the city center. If your Council must encourage more people into town we must of course have more parking to see any benefits and return on councils investment. Simple mathematics isn't Steve? No accolades for the bad decision making by the current Councillors i'm afraid Steve, just the usual deserved brickbats.

cuckoo land

Posted on 29-12-2017 20:43 | By Captain Sensible

Ask us dumb ratepayers what our average salary increase is and you will find most of us have had no rise in ten years, and certainly not 3%. TCC living in cuckoo land.

Why Steve?

Posted on 27-12-2017 11:27 | By Captain Sensible

Have waited for most of this year for Steve to explain to us ratepayers why we should pay for his meals. Still waiting........

Plain Tauranga for Christmas

Posted on 24-12-2017 08:14 | By 1973

Cameron road trees lit with Xmas lights, beautiful decorations....where has it all gone,. Sydney is absolutely beautiful all wrapped up like a present. Come on council we don't want some budget Santa grotto hidden away down inside a shop, make Tauranga beautiful at Xmas!

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