Taranaki Regional Council rates rise as councilors focus on the future

Taranaki Regional Council chairman David Macleod said the 2021-2031 long-term plan focused on implementation "profound changes".

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Taranaki Regional Council chairman David Macleod said the 2021-2031 long-term plan focused on implementing “far-reaching changes.”

Taranaki Regional Council is to spend $ 100,000 on a Covid 19 stimulus package and restore $ 235,000 in funding to a group helping Taranaki become predator-free.

The money was announced on Tuesday with the signing of the council’s 2021-2031 long-term plan, making the TRC the first council to adopt an audited long-term plan in the country.

TRC President David MacLeod said the board had “both eyes firmly on a future of far-reaching change.”

A priority was to prepare to implement the government’s essential freshwater package, he said in a statement.

The package, announced in September 2019, aims to improve the quality of freshwater within a generation, with regional councils enforcing new rules regarding land use, urban discharges, winter grazing and access to land. stocks to streams.

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“Implementing the new standards, requirements and regulations of the Essential Freshwater package will be one of the biggest projects the board has ever undertaken.

“All boards will face multiple changes as the Resource Management Act is replaced, as ‘3 waters’ reforms unfold and decisions are made on New Zealand’s path to zero emissions. “

The additional environmental spending will amount to just under $ 3 million over three years from 2021/2022.

The Wild for Taranaki regional biodiversity coordination group will receive annual funding of $ 235,000, money it received before the Covid 19 pandemic.

TRC will also investigate alternative fuel options for the New Plymouth Citylink bus fleet and test additional services.

The area council will also begin a $ 6 million renovation of council offices in Stratford over the next two years, funded by a loan paid off on rates.

Annual regional rates will increase in 2021/2022 by less than $ 30 for the average homeowner and about $ 60 for a farm worth $ 2 million, with smaller increases budgeted for in subsequent years.

The tariffs of many commercial and industrial taxpayers will decrease slightly in 2021/2022.

The rates targeted to pay the $ 50 million cost of rebuilding earthquake-prone Yarrow Stadium have been reduced by 45%, or $ 1.76 million, due to lower interest rates and the government funding of $ 20 million.

Taranaki Regional Council said the 2021-2031 long-term plan will give the region the best possible start for sweeping changes to reshape local government.

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Taranaki Regional Council said the 2021-2031 long-term plan will give the region the best possible start for sweeping changes to reshape local government.

Total rate taking, both general and targeted, will increase 9.9%, or $ 1.38 million, the council said.

Residential taxpayers owning a property worth $ 500,000 will pay about $ 25 to $ 29 more in total rates.

The general rate for 2021/2022 will increase by $ 2.98 million and the uniform annual overhead will be $ 44.50.

General rates will increase by 5.5 percent in the second year of the plan, five percent in years 3 through 7, and 3 percent in years 8 through 10.

Targeted rates for river control and flood protection will increase by $ 1,200, and targeted rates for passenger transportation services will increase by $ 158,319.

Elna M. Lemons