Buller District Council

Media release – Rates Overhaul

8th November, 2017

Council has made the rates overhaul consultation information publicly available ahead of the official consultation period which opens on November 15 and closes on December 18.

“This is so that the community can have longer to review the proposal” says Mayor Garry Howard.  He cautioned that the consultation document was only part of the information of interest to every ratepayer in the District; because every ratepayer is due to receive a “sample rates assessment” indicating of what their rates would have been in 2017-2018 year if the proposal was adopted.  These will be posted, along with a summary of the rates proposal from mid-November.

Along with the consultation documents, Council will also hold a series of drop-in information sessions in Karamea, Ngakawau, Westport, Punakaiki and Reefton to help ratepayers understand the potential impacts on their own properties. Public meetings will be held in Westport and Reefton in December.

Copies of the Rates Overhaul Proposal and submission forms can be found by clicking here, or from Council offices in Westport and Reefton.

Rates Overhaul Hearing:

Council will hold a Rates Overhaul Hearing (special meeting) on 24 January 2018 to allow further feedback to be presented directly to the Councillors.

Please indicate on your submission if you wish to speak at this hearing and ensure you provide your name and full contact details ((phone, email, address).  You will be contacted with a speaking time closer to the date.

Drop-in sessions:

Karamea:  4pm-7pm – Monday 20 November 2017 @ the Last Resort (restaurant)

Ngakawau:  4pm-7pm – Tuesday 21 November 2017 @ the Ngakawau Hall

Westport: 12 noon-3pm – Wednesday 22 November 2017 @ the Clocktower Building

Punakaiki:  4pm-7pm – Tuesday 28 November 2017 @ the Department of Conservation workshop

Reefton:  12 noon-2pm – Tuesday 5 December 2017 @ i-SITE Visitor Centre (meeting room)

Public meetings:

Westport:  6:30pm – Wednesday 29 November 2017 @ the NBS Theatre (main cinema)

Reefton:  6:30pm – Tuesday 5 December 2017 @ i-SITE Visitor Centre (meeting room)

 

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