### ODT Online Thu, 27 Oct 2011
11.9% rates rise threat spurs DCC action
By Chris Morris
Dunedin City Council budgets are again under the microscope, as staff seek to bridge a looming shortfall threatening to push up rates by 11.9% next year. The council’s senior management team has been holding a series of meetings with activity managers across the organisation this week, to scrutinise initial financial projections for the 2012-13 year.
Council finance and corporate support general manager Athol Stephens said the council had included a 7.4% draft rates increase for 2012-13 in this year’s annual plan projections, but the DCHL shortfall would in effect push that forecast up to 11.9%, if left unchecked.
Council chief executive Paul Orders also announced restructuring of the council’s executive management team earlier this month, aimed at streamlining the organisation and saving money.
Posted by Elizabeth Kerr