Media release

Small rates increase to fund Otago priorities

Wednesday 3 April 2019

The Otago Regional Council (ORC) is finalising its Draft Annual Plan, which sets a framework for ongoing focus on its four priorities: water, climate change, urban development and biodiversity.

“Last year’s long-term plan indicated a small rates rise for Otago for the year ahead. Consultation showed that ratepayers supported the move to pay higher general rates in order for us to undertake more work in these areas across the region” says Stephen Woodhead, ORC Chairperson.

“Since the LTP was adopted, we have commenced a review of our Water Plan, we will fast track our climate change work and we’ve identified urban development as a stream of work that needs greater levels of effort.”

“The Annual Plan will require a general rates increase spread across the region of $364,000 from what was previously forecast in the long-term plan. With our more detailed understanding of the work that’s needed to achieve what’s outlined in the long-term plan, including commitments in water, climate change and urban development, we can more accurately forecast the funding we need.”

“This general rates increase equates to around $10-$25 per household per year in Otago for a property of mid-range value around the region. We feel this is a reasonable increase considering the work we need to undertake,” said Mr Woodhead.

“Councillors and staff will be attending community events around the region in the coming months to give the community an opportunity to discuss the plan for the year ahead” ORC’s Chief Executive, Sarah Gardner said.

“Because there are no significant or material changes to what we consulted on in the long-term plan for 2018-2028 we are not formally calling for submissions this year, but we’re keen to ensure that our lines of communication with ratepayers and the community are open, and that we’re hearing any key feedback before the final plan is adopted.”





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