Minimal change proposed for Taranaki regional rate

The Taranaki Regional Council today adopted a Draft Annual Plan that foreshadows a 1% rise in general rates for the 2017-2018 financial year.

The Plan will be open for public submissions from mid March, with a finalised version to be formally adopted in May before taking effect from 1 July.

The Council Chairman, David MacLeod, says the Draft Annual Plan is largely in line with the 10-year Plan that was widely consulted on two years ago. 

“There are changes to three programmes involving predator control, flood protection for Opunake and the revamp of Pukeiti,” he says. “These three matters will be the focus of the public consultation starting in mid-March.”

However, their financial implications are relatively minor. “They’ve altered the general rates calculation by half a percent,” says Mr MacLeod. 

Details of the consultation will be published in community newspapers in March, and a Consultation Document and the Draft Annual Plan will be available online and at Council offices.