Council adopts 10 Year Plan 2021-31

29 Jun 2021, 8:28 PM

Council met today to unanimously adopt Waitomo District Council’s 10 Year Plan 2021-31.
The Plan is a culmination of months of planning, drafting, consultation and engagement for both staff and Elected Members.
With the formal adoption of the Plan today, the associated budget and rates take was confirmed with an annual average rate rise of only 2.2% across the lifetime of the 10 Year Plan.
The average annual rate change in year 1 is a reduction of 0.54% then an increase of 2.06% in year 2.
Waitomo District Council is proud of this achievement.
Mayor John Robertson and Councillors thanked staff for their work in pulling together a mammoth piece of work for the district.
The 10 Year Plan 2021-31 will soon be available on our website.
Other highlights of the meeting:
➡ Elected members confirmed Council’s 2021-2022 fees and charges, which will come into effect from 1 July 2021. The fees and charges were unanimously agreed after no submissions were received on the proposed charges during the consultation period.
➡ Elected members agreed to a request from the Game On Charitable Trust to re-sequence the drawdown of WDC’s grant contribution to the 2021/2022 financial year.
Background: Council consulted with the community during development of the Long Term Plan 2018-2028 to gauge the community’s support, or not, of the proposed North King Country Indoor Sports and Recreation Centre.
Of the 94 submissions received, 67% were in support of Council providing a maximum capital funding grant to the GoCT of $1.5 million.
At a meeting on 29 May 2018, Council approved the capital funding grant. Council’s commitment was reflected in the Long Term Plan 2018-2028 with $1 million allocated in the 2018/2019 financial year and $500,000 in the 2019/2020 financial year.
Following a request from the GoCT, this was subsequently re-sequenced to the 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 financial years, and further agreed today for the 2021/2022 financial year.