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Christchurch residents have until Monday 27 June to give their feedback on the Christchurch City Council’s draft budget for the coming year.
The Council was determined that residents should have the opportunity to give feedback on the proposals outline in this year’s Draft Annual Plan, despite the fact that the normal process was interrupted by the 22 February earthquake and the timeframe reduced.
The earthquake dramatically affected the normal Annual Plan process causing a complete revision of budgets, capital projects scheduling and levels of service. Because of the earthquake the Council is facing budget deficits of $73.8 million over the next three years and is proposing an additional rate of 1.76 per cent to pay for this, over and above the 5.32 per cent rate increase indicated before 22 February.
Further details about the plan, including a summary document highlighting the key issues and financial summary, are available from Service Centres and online at www.ccc.govt.nz/annualplan.
In the past the Council has always run a five-week public submission period, public hearings, and a staff feedback period before a final plan is adopted before 1 July. This year due to rework of the initial draft plan and time constraints, the draft plan for feedback was adopted on 10 June, with written feedback sought from the public over the following two weeks, deputations from community boards heard on 29 June, then the final plan adopted by the Council on 30 June.
People have until 10am, Monday 27 June to give their feedback on the draft plan.
How you can give feedback
The details of the plan and a summary of its contents are available on the Council’s website www.ccc.govt.nz/annualplan and from service centres and libraries that are currently open.
Feedback can be made until 10am Monday 27 June in the following ways:
* Please make sure your name and full address is included in your feedback. No late feedback will be accepted.