Central Hawke’s Bay District Council (CHBDC) adopted its Annual Plan 2019/20 today following a rigorous planning and public consultation process.
The Annual Plan 2019/20 sets out the Council’s activities, plans and budgets for the year ahead and is produced in the years between Long Term Plans. Annual Plans give councils an opportunity to review and revise rates, budgets, projects and goals from those originally proposed in the Long Term Plan, which they then consult the public on.
Over the last ten months the Council reviewed Year 2 of the Long Term Plan 2018-28, to create the Annual Plan 2019/20. The review included how Council will meet the current and future needs of the community for providing quality infrastructure, local public services and performance of its regulatory function, in a way that is most cost effective for households and businesses.
Following the review and setting of budgets, the Council consulted on the proposed Annual Plan with the community during March and April 2019 on four items in the Consultation Document. This included the #theevenbiggerwaterstory, the Revenue and Financing Policy amendments, the establishment of an Environmental and Sustainability Strategy and the establishment of a Disaster Relief Fund Trust. The Council received 134 submissions and heard 28 verbal presentations of submissions.
The Annual Plan 2019/20 includes a rate Increase of 4.59%, 0.55% above that proposed for Year 2 of the Long Term Plan 2018-28.
It also outlines further support for smaller community projects, including increased contributions to the Ongaonga Historical Society and funding increases to the Central Hawke’s Bay Community Trust.
Mayor of Central Hawke’s Bay, Alex Walker says: “I’m incredibly proud of the plan that Council has signed off today which is affordable, forward looking and has had significant input from our community”.
“We have a huge infrastructure programme which is driving long term investment in Central Hawke’s Bay. We are already seeing this investment through initiatives like the Provincial Growth Fund, which allocated over $35 million of funding into our district last week. Continuing to build positive relationships with our regional and national counterparts to encourage further investment in our communities is vital.”
“Like all councils across the country we are grappling with increased pressures on affordability. I’m satisfied that we have been through a robust process of balancing these increased pressures with delivering on the aspirations of the community.”
Notes to editor:
27 June 2019
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