2019/20 Annual Plan

The Annual Plan for the 2019/20 year was adopted during the June council meeting yesterday.  

The plan for the coming year remains substantially the same and in line with the 2018/28 Long Term Plan, with a few variations prioritising projects and services.  

We have committed to our previously agreed 6% increase to the general rate for 2019/20, and still plan to have a debt balance of $39 million by the end of the 2019/20 year.  This has been a deliberate strategy to manage affordability and debt while continuing to deliver critical services.  This includes several major projects that we have been planning for years (for example, meeting NZ drinking water standards and earthquake strengthening our public buildings).

The main variations to our long term plan for 2019/20 include:

Chief Executive Officer Hamish Dobbie said this Annual Plan “continues to deliver on our long term focus of affordable, fit for purpose services for our district, within a prudent fiscal envelope”. “The majority of our earthquake repair work has been completed and the next year will see us focusing on priority projects and service maintenance” he said.

The 2019/20 year will concentrate on delivering the maintenance and capital works programme.  This includes water upgrades, storm water improvements, reserve development, playground improvements, ongoing earthquake strengthening and repairs to damaged infrastructure throughout the district, plus the upgrade of the Amberley swimming pool.

We would like to say thank you to all those who got involved with our consultation on the Annual Plan.  This includes those at our quiz nights, drop in sessions, catch ups and anyone that took the time to approach us elsewhere.

For further information:

Hamish Dobbie
Chief Executive Officer 
Hurunui District Council
03 314 8816