Have Your Say

on the Special Rate Variation

 

Members of the community are being invited to participate in an important Asset Study which will help Council to understand how we should prioritise expenditure on our different asset types.

In early July, representatives from Micromex Research will be randomly contacting members of the community from across the local government area to ask if they would like to participate in a short telephone survey about Community Assets. Following this, Council will send out an information brochure to participants to assist them to make informed decisions when they are re-contacted by Micromex Research to participate in the Asset Study Survey. For more information click on ‘Have Your Say’.

Council provides a range of community assets including roads, bridges, parks, playgrounds and buildings. We want to understand your thoughts on how we should continue to look after these assets now and into the future. The researcher will ask a number of questions which will help us understand:

• Whether you are happy with the current quality of these assets
• What state you think these assets should be in
• What you believe are the asset funding priorities for future.

We need a clear mandate for future spending, based on the community’s views on acceptable asset conditions. This is why Council wants your thoughts on its proposal to invest in the maintenance and renewal of our community assets and how this should be funded.

Council will be applying to IPART for a Special Rate Variation (SRV) of 9% in 2019/20. This will extend the current SRV of 4.77% (which ends in 2018/19) with an increase of 4.23%. A new Special Rate Variation would improve Council’s financial sustainability, fund infrastructure renewals and fund asset maintenance. The proposed SRV will enable Council to meet all of the Fit for the Future measures during the 10 year term of the Long Term Financial Plan.

The only alternative to an SRV is to make further cuts to services to deliver a balanced budget, consistent with fit for the future requirements.

Your feedback will directly influence Council’s future decision making on how we spend money on community assets such as roads, bridges, parks, playgrounds and buildings.

The survey will close on Friday 10 August, all information will be collated and a report provided to Council and published on this website.

Investing in our Future – Asset Management Survey Information
Prior to answering the survey below, please download and read the information pack. The researcher will ask a number of questions based on the information provide in this document which will help us understand:

• Whether you are happy with the current quality of these assets
• What state you think these assets should be in
• What you believe are the asset funding priorities for future.

Once you have read the information pack, please complete the survey below by clicking on the link.

Investing in Our Future Asset Management Survey

Asset Study Survey Information Pack

Asset Survey Information Pack

Community Consultation Survey