Mayor's message

On behalf of the Council I present the 2014/15 Draft Annual Plan for your consideration.

The Draft Annual Plan sets out this Council’s adjustments to the third year of the Long Term Plan (LTP). It should be noted that some changes to the 2014/15 year had already been made by the previous Council, including deferment of projects to the next LTP or in some cases cancellation of projects. You will see these changes noted under the individual activities.

In reviewing this year’s Annual Plan this Council has worked through our priorities for the coming year’s programme of works and made preparation for the next LTP which follows in 2015.

We want to build a strong and resilient community while we continue to ensure Nelson is a great place to live. We have reviewed budgets and made savings wherever possible. This plan represents an average rates rise of 3.7% which is significantly less than what was originally planned in the LTP.*

We have carefully considered the fairness of the rates rise for current ratepayers. Further reductions could have been made, but they would have come at a risk to assets and a loss of services.

There is a lot of detail across Council’s ten activity areas. There will be issues you agree with and others you do not. I encourage you to read the plan, ask questions and make a submission on what is important to you. We
do want to hear your views.

Rachel Reese
Mayor Nelson

*The LTP 2012-22 forecast for Year 3 was a rate increase of 5%. Changes in the intervening two years saw the forecast grow to 9.6%, but savings in corporate costs, and capital programme delays have
now reduced this to an average of 3.7%.