Consultation on the Christchurch Draft Annual Plan 2019-20 opens today.
Mayor Lianne Dalziel says the Draft Annual Plan has few significant changes from the budget forecast for Year 2 of the Long Term Plan 2018-28.
It reflects a strong desire to reduce rates increases, remove chlorine from the city’s drinking water and to focus attention on roads, footpaths and parks.
“These are our top priorities for the year ahead,” she says. “It’s a year for getting the basics done, while ensuring our drinking water is in line with new standards set by central government.”
The average rates increase is lower than the amount forecast in the Long Term Plan 2018-28, which is pleasing, she says.
However, there has been an increase in the fixed charges component of rates, including an increase in the waste minimisation rate, due to increased costs for recycling on the international market.
Councils must produce a Long Term Plan every three years outlining its plans and how it will pay for them over the next 10 years. In the years between long term plans, Councils must produce an Annual Plan.
The Long Term Plan 2018-28 anticipated an overall average rates increase of 5.5% for the year 2019-20. The Draft Annual Plan has reduced that to 4.96%, with an average residential rate increase of 4.92%.
Consultation on the Draft Annual Plan 2019-20 is open for the entire month of March, with hearings planned for April.
The consultation document is available online and at Christchurch City Council Service Centres and libraries.