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Pauanui seeks separation

The following is a direct extract from today's report on the Tairua/Pauanui meeting held this morning.

It is not not new, but it is quite disturbing - the resentment in Pauanui has been palpable for years, and certain personalities have led the charge for this change as its residents have come to believe that they are heavily subsidizing Tairua. 

It is ironic in many ways as the same people strongly supported 'District' charging of wastewater (and now water, stormwater (2015). What a pity that the entire accounts of Council cannot be analysed to back-charge every ratepayer according exactly to the services that they have individually consumed.

In any case, it appears that the denizens of Pauanui are determined to push for the break-up even though it makes a total nonsense, and now$23,600 has to be provided by Council to enable a proper analysis to take place (if agreed!) before the next Annual Plan. If it goes ahead there will be inevitable District met overhead costs. 

Greed and self-interest knows no bounds in this little back-water of privilege. 

Collection and distribution of rates in Tairua and Pauanui

It's been a hot topic for the Pauanui Ratepayers Association for many years. Now the Tairua-Pauanui Community Board is being asked to consider its views on a Tairua-Pauanui seperation.

Our staff recently began to assess whether rates collected from the Tairua-Pauanui Community Board area are being equitably spent in the communities from which they were raised.

Based on initial assessments Pauanui ratepayers have contributed between $50,000 to $290,000 more per annum to local activities, depending on the assumptions made when assessing the trends.

The impacts vary for each ratepayer and staff have not yet modelled the impact on different properties. Below are some of the many points the board must consider and you might like to know;

Tairua ratepayers: 1665 (42 per cent permanent)

Pauanui ratepayers: 2410 (20 per cent permanent)

Hikuai ratepayers: 93

What are local activities?

Airfields, halls, libraries, harbour facilities, parks and reserves, local transportation, local social development (community board grants etc) and local strategic planning are all 'local activities'.

What's paid for with the help of all ratepayers throughout the whole Coromandel ie 'District Funded'?

Wastewater, water, stormwater, local advocacy (your elected members), public toilets and cemeteries* (*although this may change).

What would it mean for Pauanui, Tairua and Hikuai?

The board was advised that creating smaller catchment areas may make largescale capital projects unaffordable. Examples of recent major capital works projects and costs are the Tairua Library $880,000, Pauanui Community Centre Land Purchase $332,000 and the Tairua Service Lane upgrade $297,000.

Another matter arising is where Hikuai and the offshore islands sit (With Tairua? With Pauanui? Or for the status quo to remain). This would have a significant bearing on the rates to be levied in each town.

How would the costs fall for a $1 million project?

Tairua-Pauanui-Hikuai (combined as current) $26.23 per ratepayer

Tairua & Hikuai $58.32 per ratepayer in these towns

Tairua $69.10 per ratepayer in Tairua 

Pauanui & Hikuai $42.33 per ratepayer in these towns

Pauanui $47.72 per ratepayer in Pauanui

How would the costs fall for $500,000 of operating expenditure?

Tairua-Pauanui-Hikuai $131.22 per ratepayer

Tairua & Hikuai $291.58

Tairua alone $345.35

Pauanui & Hikuai $211.63

Pauanui alone $238.59

What else should be considered?

The matter has been driven by the Pauanui Residents and Ratepayers Association. Wider community views - notably the communities of Tairua and Hikuai - have not been sought and would need to be heard. The cost of this would be split 50/50 between the communities.

The board can opt to;

1. Retain the current funding structure with enhanced transparency.

2. Consult with the community over a change to catchments prior to the draft Annual Plan 2013/14.

3. Consult with the community over a change to catchments alongside the draft Annual Plan 2013/14.

The board received the report, will consult with the community prior to the draft 2013/14 annual plan, confirmed that the costs of $23,600 will be paid by both Tairua and Pauanui ratepayers and notes that this is subject to approval of the full Council.



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