Key Council meetings for city's future
1 June 2012
Key decisions on the proposed roadmap to improve Hamilton City Council’s financial position will be taken next week when Council deliberates on the city’s draft 10-Year Plan.
Council will deliberate on Wednesday 6 and Friday 8 June on proposals in the Plan, taking into account the views of the 725 written submissions made and the views expressed in person by around 200 during recent hearings.
A prudent and sustainable financial strategy which caps debt levels, proposes annual rating increases of 3.8%, reduces Council spending, and sees a return to a budget surplus underpin the proposed approach.
The Mayor and Councillors have a number of issues where key decisions will need to be made, including:
- Transport operations and renewals funding
- The sale of housing for older people
- A new indoor recreation centre
- The future of the Municipal Pools
- Sale of assets, including the YMCA
- Rating of community/church organisations
- Development contributions policy
Chief Executive Barry Harris said engagement with the Hamilton community during the 10-Year Plan process had gone well.
“We’ve worked hard to ensure residents have understood what’s been proposed in the draft 10-Year Plan through easily digested information and community meetings, and that they have been able to easily share their views on the draft Plan with us through written submissions and face-to-face in user-friendly forums.
“My report to Council next week updates a number of budget and financial matters, and will require some challenging decision-making by Council to ensure the city’s plan for the next decade is fiscally responsible and sustainable.”
Next week’s meetings in the Council Chamber start at 9.30am with the public welcome to attend.
The 10-Year Plan will be adopted on 29 June ahead of it taking effect from 1 July 2012.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
NAME: Barry Harris
DESIGNATION: Chief Executive
TEL (DIRECT): 07 838 6975
NAME: Tracy Buckland
DESIGNATION: Communication Manager
TEL (DIRECT): 07 838 6434
MOBILE: 021 815 604