Tauranga Council to consider ratepayers concerns

Tauranga Mayor Tenby Powell. File photo.

Tauranga City Council says it has listened to ratepayers and will consider ways to address their concerns should a likely new round of annual plan consultation go ahead.

Seven ratepayer groups asked Council to hold a referendum about kerbside rubbish collection, reducing the council’s operating expenses, a 0% rates increase, and the deferment of all capital expenditure.

The council declined the request, which would have cost an estimated $190,000 to $210,000, caused significant delays for adopting the Annual Plan 2020/21, and which would have repeated topics already addressed in consultation for the plan.

However, Council unanimously voted to consider ways to incorporate the groups’ concerns into an expected fresh round of consultation.

The draft plan was based on a pre-Covid environment and had proposed an overall rates increase of 7.6 per cent.

Consultation finished on May 3, but hearings and deliberations have since been placed on hold while the council considers whether to revise the plan.

Mayor Tenby Powell says he supports the groups’ advocacy and recognises the need to balance the concerns of ratepayers while managing othe city’s growth.

“I want to assure our community that we are listening, and that we understand the very challenging hardships many people are facing.

“We also have to be mindful that our city will continue to grow, and that the Government is providing a level of funding that is unprecedented in our country’s history.

“The Government has publicly said we need to pony-up and act as a rational co-investment partner or the money will walk.”

If the council does consult on a new plan, people who have already submitted will be given the option of retaining, revising or retracting their submissions.

The council has already taken measures to help some sectors of the community. Some 140 community and sporting groups and 25 commercial businesses that rent council land are being considered for rent reductions.

The annual plan is likely to be discussed again at a Council meeting next Tuesday.




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8 Comments

Leaves

Posted on 28-05-2020 07:56 | By Chookymac

What a pack of Tossers.The Elizabeth Street plan.More bloody trees to drop leaves and block drains and you wait forever for the road sweepers to arrive.

Mayoral comments

Posted on 25-05-2020 16:11 | By bruce.deirdre@xtra.co.nz

I agree slim shady I see nowhere that government help out was dependent upon our councils input....Mr Mayor wake up smell the roses things like the GRAND PLAN for Elizabeth street for instance CAN be deferred for another day as can other plans like THE PENINSULA dream promoted by Cowley , Tutt & & co...get a bit real...

fair rating system

Posted on 22-05-2020 16:30 | By hapukafin

Its time consideration be given single occupancy rates, we all pay rubbish, water, recycling on user pay basis but other rated facilities are by the household. Does the councillors really think thats fair? Its a very simple question.

Time to put TCC under Statutory Management?

Posted on 21-05-2020 20:46 | By Really

Surely we need them all thrown out and a commissioner to come in and sort the lot out the current lot get worse by the week.

Wow

Posted on 21-05-2020 07:36 | By Yadick

Damned if he doesn’t listen, damned if he does listen. In a lot I agree with morepork - just do it but then again that’s what happened in Durham Street . . . But it’s probably the best approach.

Cloth ears

Posted on 20-05-2020 15:23 | By Slim Shady

He clearly doesn’t listen because Her Majesty has never said she expects Councils to “pony up”. You really shouldn’t go making stuff up to try and justify your agenda. There’s a name for that.

Leadership.

Posted on 20-05-2020 15:09 | By morepork

Stop trying to be all things to all people and DO something. There have been more than enough information, reviews, submissions, and prevarication. And it is still a PLAN. Does the Council live in such a fixed condition that a plan cannot be adjusted dynamically if it needs to be? Get started on it and if it is not what it should be, or really needs to be amended, then fix it and continue. Don’t just sit around TALKING....

WTF

Posted on 20-05-2020 11:40 | By philiphallen

So concerned..... yah right. Still wasting money on nice to have’s I see eg:- Elizabeth Street

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