The regional council's rates rise for the 2017/18 year has been reduced from a projected 8.5 per cent increase, to 6.6 per cent in the Annual Plan approved by regional councillors last week.
Overall, the regional council's planned operating expenditure has increased from $123 million to $124 million, and capital expenditure has increased from $25 million to $46 million due to capital expenditure projects being rescheduled.
The information document states the reasons for the 6.6 per cent increase are mainly:
▪ Increased resources for core environmental planning work to meet legislative requirements and community engagement expectations
▪ More work protecting the region's natural resources, especially biosecurity, responding to pollution complaints and managing and monitoring resource consents
▪ Increased delivery of work across the catchments to improve water quality and protect our environment While the total real rates revenue increase has reduced. There are some variations between general and targeted rates.
The document updates what was identified for year three of the 2015-2025 Long Term Plan and explains the differences.
Bay of Plenty Regional Council chair Doug Leeder says the information document outlines what the council plans to deliver across the region for the coming financial year and how it will be paid for.
“Along with our ‘business as usual' activities there are a number of exciting projects planned for 2017/18 that will improve regional infrastructure, core environmental work and water quality,” says Doug.
“The information document explains what these plans look like in an easy to follow booklet and we really encourage people to check it out.”
Because the Regional Council's plan for 2017/18 is very similar to what was set out in the LTP, it will not be running a full formal submissions and hearings process. The document can be viewed online at www.boprc.govt.nz/annualplan
The Annual Plan 2017/18 is due to be finalised in June 2017.