Submissions Close on 18 March
Sunday, March 13, 2011 at 5:47PM
Bill Barclay

Readers are reminded that submissions on the Annual Plan end at 4pm on Friday 18 March.

If you feel strongly in regard to any aspect of the plan, and in particular the additional spending planned in regard to the $450,000 for the Cycleway, the $100,000 for the concept plan for local sporting facilities, and the $50,000 for heritage strategy, all contributing to the additional 8.99% on the Thames local component  on your rates, now is the time to have your say.

There is little else that can be done about the overall 3.8% increase that most most Thames urban rate-payers will face (before GST). The major contributor, namely the accelerated Urban Water Treatment upgrade costing $676,000 is unavoidable, and necessary in order to meet the latest Government imposed standards.

If you object to Council ignoring the long standing borrowing limit of 150% of revenue, and commencing a new borrowing program heading towards 180% of revenue in order to artificially restrict rate increases, then now is the time to stand up and be counted.

Consultation later in the year on the 10 year plan will merely serve to confirm this movement. The are councillors who have grave misgivings in regard to this change, but they need to hear from you in order to encourage them to make a stand.



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