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Plans locked, loaded and looking good

AP1718cvrThe Council has locked in plans for the next financial year, and Mayor John Tregidga is pleased to report non-water rates will increase less than predicted.

“While the 2015-25 Long Term Plan signalled a 4.2% non-water rates increase for 2017/18, we’ve managed to reduce this number to 3.69%. Our water rates increase will 2%, which is in line with what was predicted.”

He says we have six new Councillors following last year’s elections and there is plenty of enthusiasm to complete projects.

“Our main objective has been to continue to provide essential services and community facilities while keeping rates affordable for our ratepayers,” he said.

Major projects for the year beginning 1 July 2017 include:

  • increasing treated water storage on the Hauraki Plains
  • Connecting the Kaimanawa community to the Paeroa drinking water supply
  • upgrading the Waitakaruru water treatment plant
  • completing the Wharf Street section of the Wharf/Mackay streetscape in Paeroa
  • renewing wastewater pipes in Paeroa 
  • further development of Karangahake Reserve
  • increasing the height of our stopbanks on the Hauraki Plains.

The 2017/18 Annual Plan comes into effect 1 July 2017 and a summary of the contents will be published in June 2017.

View the 2017/18 Annual Plan