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Submissions open on TCDC's Draft Annual Plan

Thursday 17 February 2011, 6:18AM
By Thames Coromandel District Council
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THAMES

A proposed average rates rise forecast of 2.01 per cent has been endorsed by the Thames-Coromandel District Council in its draft work programme for the year ahead.

Ratepayers have been sent copies of a draft summary version and Council is inviting feedback on the full draft plan.

Ratepayers are not the only ones that can share their opinions with the Council about its draft plan. Residents, groups and organisations are also invited to read the plan and make submissions before the closing date of 18 March 2011.

Two important issues highlighted for consideration this year include the Hauraki Plains Cycleway and higher local rates for additional community projects.

With some communities indicating to Council that they are willing to pay more for additional projects and services, Council has decided to put the option to residents and ratepayers for submission.

Similarly, Council is asking for public input on its upcoming decision on whether to make an initial lump sum contribution of $450,000 for the Thames to Paeroa leg of the Hauraki Plains Cycleway project. In addition Council would also need to contribute up to $150,000 per year towards the annual operating costs.

Submission forms are available from Council offices and libraries or from Council's website at www.tcdc.govt.nz/annualplan.

Submissions close at 4.00pm on the 18th of March 2011.