Annual Plan 2017-18 and Long Term Plan 2018-28 Engagement

Our Mayor and Councillors are leading Council towards stronger engagement with our communities.

Elected Members have brought great community initiatives to the Council table. Our newly elected Council is driving towards a modest rates increase, so some of these initiatives will be included in the 2018-28 Long Term Plan rather than the 2017-18 Annual Plan.

At present, a rates revenue increase of 3.8% is anticipated to fund the 2017-18 Annual Plan, but this may change as initiatives are considered and staff find ways to reduce rates costs.

Elected Members and staff have focused on key priority areas for the 2017-18 Annual Plan.

These are outlined in the Annual Plan 2017-18 engagement document here (897kb).

Our Engagement Document is also available in hard copy from Council offices, libraries, The Dog in Tirau and you may see Engagement Documents around town as we are working with a number of service organisations to have copies available for us. It looks like this:

Please provide feedback on the topics in this document or anything else that Council does that is important to you. All feedback will feed into either the Annual Plan 2017-18 or Long Term Plan 2018-28 processes.

We invite you to spend a few minutes to let us have your feedback. There are a number of ways to do this:

  • Online - a short online survey is available here.
  • Post a hard copy to South Waikato District Council, Private Bag 7, Tokoroa, 3444 (Freepost Authority 201)
  • Deliver a hard or soft copy to our offices in Tokoroa or Putāruru, The Dog in Tirau or our libraries
  • Post to our Facebook page or private message us here

Responses for anything you wish to have included in the Annual Plan are required by Wednesday 22 March.

Ideas and suggestions for the Long Term Plan are open all year, so keep your ideas coming!


Fees and Charges 2017-18

Council is proposing changes to seven areas in the Fees & Charges outlined in the current Long Term Plan 2015-25 - some are new fees, some increases and some decreases. The LTP allows for inflation, in some cases we have held fees with no inflation increase. Changing Fees and Charges initiates the Special Consultative Process. The changes are outlined on a separate flyer and listed below. If any of these proposed changes interest you, please see our additional flyer here and make a submission online here.

  • Building consent fees (new and increases)
  • Dog rehome fee (increase)
  • Portable toilet cleaning fee (new)
  • Hire of Council refuse bin at public events (new)
  • Library fees (no increase)
  • Events Centre (no increases EXCEPT commercial users where an inflation increase applies)
  • Pools (no increases and one decrease - the Family Pass)

Formal consultation for the proposed changes to the Fees & Charges opens on Friday 3 March and closes at 4pm on Monday 24 April.


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