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27/10/2017 12:00 p.m.
Friday 27 October, 2017
District Council spent $19.3 million on capital projects in the district last
financial year, and this was offset by a $10.1 million operational surplus
which is used to fund capital expenditure and repay debt: This was presented in
the 2016/17 Annual Report that was adopted at the Council meeting yesterday.
report demonstrates how Council fared during the 2016/2017 year, and covers
both financial and non-financial performance. Notably, Council achieved all 10
of the government’s mandatory financial affordability performance benchmarks,
which include rates (increase) affordability, debt affordability, balanced
budget and essential services.
Chief Executive Andrew Dalziel says Council has worked very hard this year to
balance levels of service with affordability and prudent financial management.
is very committed to providing quality core infrastructure and services that
further support the district as an attractive place to live and do business. We
are proud of what has been achieved, in particular, lowering the projected rate
increase from 11 per cent down to 6.5 per cent for the 2017/18 Annual Plan.
an organisation, our successes come from the hard work and skill of many
people, including elected members, staff and volunteers, and it is wonderful to
see what has been achieved through those efforts.”
report shows Council’s operational surplus for the year was $2.7 million over
budget, due to forestry, land and investment property sales all bringing in
significantly more income than was budgeted.
extra $650,000 was budgeted for capital expenditure for roads, which was over
and above the Council’s usual rehabilitation and maintenance work. Council also
applied over 60,000m³ of road metal to 340km of unsealed roads during the year,
while 190km of sealed roads were resurfaced.
reviewed 15 of its activities for cost effectiveness and efficiency during the
year, and continued planning for the future of the district through adopting
Plan Change 1 of the District Plan, which became operative from 30 April 2017.
received an unmodified opinion of the Annual Report from Audit New Zealand.
Click here to view the 2016/17 Annual Report.