People keen to tell Council what they think of the proposals and budgets put forward in Council's 10 year plan are being reminded they have until Monday 11 May, 5pm, in which to do so.
As part of the Long Term Plan (LTP) process, a consultation document – "Working Together for Lifestyle and Opportunity" - was produced highlighting the key choices being considered by Council and how they might be funded.
The consultation document – including the feedback form – was delivered to households inside The Ashburton Courier newspaper as well as being available online at ashburtondc.govt.nz
Finance and Business Support Committee Chair Councillor Neil Brown says with less than a week to go until feedback closes, this is your chance to have input into the decision making process and let Council know what you think of the proposed projects.
Among the projects outlined in the consultation document are additional investment in the district's roads, hydroslides at the EA Networks Centre, stockwater, a sports facility for Rakaia, and the Civic Administration Building and Ashburton Public Library.
The feedback form asks people for their preferred option from a number of different proposals and provides the opportunity to provide additional comments.
Anyone can provide feedback on the plan which they can do online, by post or via email.
Councillors and Council staff recently hosted eight community meetings to discuss some of the projects outlined in the 10 year plan and the proposed rates increases over the next three years.
Council has proposed an average rates increase of 6.5% for the 2015/16 year, 3.8% for 2016/17 and 11.1% for year three. The increase in year three is driven by the cost of the new kerbside collection system (using wheelie bins instead of rubbish bags), which is budgeted at $2.1 million.
Councillor Brown says there has been a good turnout at the majority of community meetings, with plenty of discussion about the proposals and rates.
"It's always great to hear first-hand what people think, what they agree with and/or disagree with, like or dislike, as well as what they think we need to change or put a different focus into. We have certainly appreciated people taking the time to come along to the meetings."
People providing feedback on the LTP can chose to present to Council in person between 26 – 28 May.
All feedback submitted to Council is public information and can be viewed on Council's website.
Following consideration of all feedback, Council will make any further decisions which will then inform the Long Term Plan 2015 – 25. The LTP takes effect on 1 July 2015.