Final changes to the Waitaki District Council Draft Annual Plan 2014 will be discussed at tomorrow’s council meeting and the plan formally adopted.
Submissions to the plan have been heard and considered, and hard copies of the updated plan will be available for members of the public at libraries, the council building, service centres and online.
This is council’s first Annual Plan since the election in October last year and sets out their intentions for the next 12 months.
Mayor Gary Kircher said the district had ended up with a plan that deliveed good progress and improvements.
He said a key element of it was the Rural Resilience Waitaki project, which recognised roading as a vital part of our economy and the importance of getting produce out of the district.
About 80 submissions were received on the plan and based on these, and council decision-making, the district-wide average rates increased from 2.6 per cent to 2.96 per cent.
This final rate increase will be set tomorrow also.
Mr Kircher said he would always like to have a lower overall increase.
“When I stood for council, I campaigned for better value for rates and I think every dollar goes as far as we can make it go.”
By LINDA MCCARTHY