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Extraordinary Council Meeting this Friday

8 Mar 2021, 1:00 PM

Waitomo District Council (WDC) will hold an extraordinary meeting this Friday to consider whether to make a draft Consultation Document for its proposed 10 Year Plan available to its auditor for assessment.

 

The draft documents outline a proposed plan for the period through to 2031. That plan includes forecasts for the setting of property rate and debt as well as projected spend across the services for the District. The draft after being considered will be passed to the auditor for review.

 

WDC Mayor, John Robertson says, “After Friday’s meeting, the next step is for it to be reviewed by council auditors.  They test numbers and ensure the draft consultation document is compliant with local government legislation. “

 

The consultation document and the auditor opinion will be considered at an extraordinary Council meeting on 16 April. The plan calls for public consultation to start on 21 April.

 

The draft comes off the back of twelve months of work by the elected members. Council is obliged under the law to develop a 10 Year Plan and for that plan to be reviewed every three years.

 

“The focus of elected members throughout many review cycles has been the challenges of maintaining rates affordability and reducing debt. We know affordability is a long-standing issue and has been at the forefront of our minds as we worked toward the 10 year plan,” says Mayor Robertson.

 

Friday’s meeting is open to the public and begins at 9am in the Council chambers.  For those who can’t attend, the meeting will be webcast from 9am and available on WDC’s website and Facebook page after the meeting.

 

Public consultation will run from 21 April – 21 May 2021.

 

Click here to view the meeting agenda.