The Tasman District Council has adopted its Annual Plan for 2016, confirming a one per cent rates income increase and progress on projects including the Golden Bay Community Facility, Queen St infrastructure and design improvements, and stormwater, wastewater and water supply upgrades.
The one per cent rates income increase equates to a total rates rise of less than $1 a week for 86 per cent of ratepayers.
Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne says councillors and staff had travelled around the District throughout April to discuss the plan with local communities. The conversations held with residents would be used to help develop future work programmes.
“We were able to show that our strong focus on keeping spending and rates increases in check is working – with a low overall rates increase and reduced debt levels to those forecast.
“It was reassuring to have most people endorse the prudent financial strategies we’re following. That was followed up by a firm reminder, though, that’s it’s not just the big-ticket items that affect our communities.
Richard says the key challenges the Council had identified in its Long Term Plan for 2015-2025 remained the same – water management, natural disaster recovery, population growth, rates, debt and regional co-operation.