Council adopts 2017-18 Annual Plan

Friday 30 June, 2017

Ashburton District Council has adopted the 2017/18 Annual Plan at its meeting yesterday, with rate rises remaining under the increases previously projected to fund its work programme for the next financial year.

The overall rate requirement Council needs to fund its work programme will increase by 6.57 per cent, a lower figure than the 11 per cent increase stated in the 2015/25 Long Term Plan.

Ashburton District Mayor Donna Favel says she is pleased Council has been able to lower the rate increase expected for the year while continuing to focus on delivering quality infrastructure, public services and regulatory services.

“Council strives to make Ashburton District a great place to live and do business, and this is facilitated through our Annual Plan. The results from the 2017 Annual Residents’ Survey strongly indicates that residents are very happy with our level of service, and this Plan is built around continuing to deliver those services and supporting our community.”

The 2017/18 Annual Plan details how Council proposes to fund its programmes and projects through the next financial year, and covers the third year of the 2015/25 Long Term Plan.

Council did not undergo a formal community consultation with the Annual Plan, as there were no significant changes from the Long Term Plan that required any community consultation. The extended kerbside collection service to include residences not currently receiving a Council service was consulted on separately as part of the Revenue and Finance Policy, also adopted yesterday.

The 2017/18 Annual Plan is available online and a printed copy will be available at the Council office from July.

Council will soon begin drafting its 2018-28 Long Term Plan, to be adopted next year in place of an Annual Plan.

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