Loads of stuff the council does – and is required to do – is not that sexy! Roads, sewerage, footpaths and water pipes are not that interesting or exciting but are all things we have to spend your ratepayer money on. In fact a large portion of your rates go on these things – keeping them maintained, replacing them when needed, doing repairs and so forth.
Its quite hard for us as a council to get people excited about these types of things. Most people just want them in good working order and only take a bit of notice when something goes wrong.
The Long Term Plan (LTP) happens every three years and is the council’s ten year plan for major spending. Our LTP is currently open for feedback (but it closes on Monday 25th!). All of those things mentioned above are in the LTP. But there are also a few other things. Things that are more likely to get people’s blood boiling.
One of those things is closing 25 playgrounds in the city. And another is the extension to Splash Palace. And of course the rise in the cost of rates always has an impact especially when it is set to go up every year.
Under the new legislation the council is now required to just highlight to its community the big changes it is making to its plans going forward. You can check out the ICC Consultation document on the ICC website – http://www.icc.govt.nz
But if you are keen for a quick overview you should check out this you tube clip which explains some of the big issues.
And one very important thing to remember is that if you have something else that is important to you – you can tell us about that too.
So please check out these things – have your say. And if you have any questions please ask – I am only too happy to help.