DCC rates increase, despicable 3.8%

### dunedintv.co.nz June 29, 2015 – 6:09pm
DCC to raise rates for the coming financial year
A rates rise is being implemented by the city council for the coming financial year. The council’s just adopted its long term plan, which sets out rates. That’s resulting in a 3.8% increase for the 2015/16 financial year, starting on Wednesday. The council previously set itself a 3% limit on annual rates increases, but big ticket items like the proposed Mosgiel swimming pool have put pressure on councillors.
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### ODT Online Mon, 29 Jun 2015
Long term plan to be decided
By David Loughrey
The Dunedin City Council will sit today to decide on a long term plan that should result in a 3.8% rates rise when rates are set for the next financial year. What Mayor Dave Cull called “a bloody big agenda” will include debate on the Government’s Remuneration Authority review of councillors’ pay, under which Mr Cull’s pay will rise in the new financial year by 2.9% to $150,150, and councillors’ up 7.3% to $54,500.
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Agenda – Council – 29/06/2015 (PDF, 124.3 KB)

Report – Council – 29/06/2015 (PDF, 1.2 MB)
Setting of Rates for 2015/16 Financial Year

Report – Council – 29/06/2015 (PDF, 96.4 KB)
Adoption of the 2015/16 – 2024/25 Long Term Plan

Report – Council – 29/06/2015 (PDF, 6.5 MB)
Adoption of the 2015/16 – 2024/25 Long Term Plan – Introduction, Sections 1 and 2

Report – Council – 29/06/2015 (PDF, 14.6 MB)
Adoption of the 2015/16 – 2024/25 Long Term Plan – Sections 3 – 7

Report – Council – 29/06/2015 (PDF, 421.8 KB)
Management Report on the Audit of the LTP Consultation Document

Other Council Reports

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

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8 responses to “DCC rates increase, despicable 3.8%

  1. Mike

    Here let me help fix that – don’t fund the lights for professional for-profit cricket – $1m, take back the $400k surplus from DVML – the going estimate for rates increases is $1m per percent right? so I’ve saved 1.4% – a 2.4% rates increase just like that – something even the council couldn’t do.

  2. Gurglars

    Wait for the backslapping comparisons to come, we have already had one.

    DMVL made a profit, their comparison was made after taking out their debt repayments. Imagine your bank manager’s response to your annual accounts if you left out the debt repayments to the bank,

    The next odious comparison will be that Dunedin is better off than Auckland. That will make us all happy little chappies and chappesses.

    But comparing the rates increase to either the rate of inflation or the rate of your household income increase!

    Sorry, not on the agenda for the DCC or the ODT watchpuppy.

  3. Anonymous

    I don’t think the ODT is even trying anymore. It may have been a tugboat once, but looks increasingly rudderless and seems to have got itself stuck to the side of the DCC Titanic.

  4. Gurglars

    Herein lies the problem encapsulated.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/69812381/economic-collapse-in-greece-would-impact-on-southland-economist

    In this lecture the chief economist explains that 300,000 jobs have been created in the services sector whilst only 5000 jobs have been produced in the primary sector which provides all the export income.

    Until we realise that the primary creation of jobs can only come from real income production, that is producing a product for sale that people buy, we will continue to have countries unable to pay their bills and default.

    The concept that a sustainable economy can be built on public service or service sector jobs is a complete nonsense if we do not allow the growth of manufacturing, widget making or primary production and downstream activities derived from those areas.

    Whilst the DCC hold alternative views we are on the slippery slope to Grecian default.

    Dunedin, a place to learn and gain a classic education.

    How the Greeks stuffed up.

  5. Peter

    I thought any funding for the Mosgiel Pool, aside from the $30k feasibility study, was not already in the bag….that pool funding was to remain unfunded for at least another year. I must have missed something. Or did Ch 39 just mean the 30k?
    What has happened to the trust involved with this? Does it still exist or has it been wound up? I understand senior DCC management did not want another CST scenario happening all over again.

  6. Hype O'Thermia

    So is DCC going to proceed to build in advance of the “funds raised” being handed over?
    CST echo?

  7. Elizabeth

    Dunedin City Council critic Calvin Oaten questions whether the council’s long-term plan actually does achieve a balance between affordable rates, debt reduction and investment for the future.

    ### ODT Online Tue, 18 Aug 2015
    Plan for long-term rates rises disquieting
    By Calvin Oaten
    OPINION Once again the Dunedin City Council has completed the annual process of producing the obligatory long-term plan. This is to set the budgets and forward projections for the city over the 10 years to 2024-25.
    In his introduction, Mayor Dave Cull outlines the aims and objects. He is confident that in developing Dunedin’s annual budget, the council has achieved a balance between affordable rates, debt reduction and investment in enhanced city facilities and services for the future.
    But has it?
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