The 10 year plan provides an opportunity for Council to take a long term view of our activities, their impact on the District, and on present and future communities.
Council is required to have a 10 year plan in place at all times as it is the primary way Council is held accountable to its communities. The plan describes the activities and service levels Council intends to provide and sets out the accompanying budgets. It also highlights key issues the District is facing and the strategies intended to address these.
The 10 Year Plan 2015-2025 was adopted by Council on Wednesday, 24 June 2015.
Following public consultation, Council made decisions on the plan, the key decisions included:
- Adoption of an 80-20 principle which prioritises spending more on the 20% of the District’s sealed roads that carry 80% of the vehicles
- Adoption of a new roading rate model
- Agreement to seal the Catlins road from Curio Bay to Haldane, dependant on NZTA funding
- Phasing in funding of depreciation for Council’s roading, water, wastewater, buildings, information technology, rubbish and recycling bins, public toilets and solid waste activities assets
- Reduction of the roading rate by $831,890 over the first three years of the plan as a result of NZTA’s approval of a smaller than expected works budget
- Funding 10% of the annual liquor licencing activity costs from rates
- Granting $10,000 a year to Safer Southland Communities for three years
- The consolidation of a number of district rates into a general rate, collected through a uniform annual general charge and a rate in the dollar based on capital value
- Setting uniform rates at 25.5% of the total rate