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The rates increase for Invercargill and Bluff for the 2012/13 year is 4.08%, which is lower than the 4.47% increase projected in the city’s Draft Long Term Plan, Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt said today.
Council at its meeting last night made decisions on public submissions to the Draft Long Term Plan, which will now go to Council’s Auditors before final adoption on 26 June.
Council received 200 written submissions and held one and a half days of hearing to listen to more than 40 verbal submissions.
Mr Shadbolt said the public were consulted on eight major issues which were:
1. Rating Policy and the Rates Increase
Decision: 4.08% increase and removing all differentials, except for the rural farming differential which will be -20% and multi units (additional unit) will be a -25% differential.
2. Financial Strategy
Decision: Adopt the Financial Strategy with the following key policies:
3. Development Contributions
Decision: Council signals its intent to pursue a Development Contribution Policy after it has done further homework and after it has done the necessary public consultation as a result of its homework. (Development Contributions will not be charged until this investigative and consultative process has been completed.)
4. Building Control Fees
Decision: Introduction of a new building control fee structure based per square metre.
5. New Fees and Charges
Decision: Introduction of the following new fees and charges:
6. The City Centre Revitalisation
Decision: Project is given $6.6 million over a five year period, which will be serviced through a loan paid for by the Business Development Rate, which is a rate on all commercial rating units.
7. Urban Rejuvenation Project
Decision: Council has added a further $200,000 to the budget for the 2012/13 year. This means that Council is budgeting $300,000 in the 2012/13 year and $140,000 per year for the following nine years.
8. Rugby Park Stadium
Decision: Council will not take over ownership, nor provide financial assistance to the Southland Outdoor Stadium Trust. Council recognises Rugby Park Stadium as an important community facility and intends to meet and work with all interested parties to find a solution to the cost of maintaining and operating Rugby Park Stadium.
Other decisions that have a financial impact:
Mr Shadbolt said another decision that had captured public interest was an undertaking to investigate a Keeping of Animals Bylaw to be consulted on during the second half of 2012. This had come about because of the number of submissions related to the nuisance value caused by multiple cats being housed on a property.
After the Long Term Plan was formally adopted by Council at the end of June, every submitter would receive a response to their submission from Council. This would happen in July, he said.