Close to 200 Hamilton residents will next week share their views with the Mayor and Councillors on Council's proposed roadmap and financial strategy to get the city back on track.
The draft Plan addresses Council's financial position by limiting debt, proposing an increase to rates of 3.8% each year for the next 10 years, cutting some services and
increasing some user charges, and investigating selling some assets. Hamilton City Council also plans to save around $15 million a year through cutting costs and increasing revenue.
A total of 725 submissions were received on the city's draft 10-Year Plan during the month long consultation from 19 March - 19 April. All households were sent a summary of the draft Plan, and four information events were held to share it's content with the community.
Hearings are set down to run from Monday to Friday next week (14-18 May). To make the hearing process more accessible they are being held in the Council Reception Lounge rather than the Council Chamber and some submitters will share their views in groups, where there is a common topic they wish to speak to. Panel hearings for individuals have also been arranged for those who wish to share their views in this way.
A wide range of issues have been raised through submissions with key areas of comment centred on: asset sales, rates, returning Council finances to surplus, the YMCA, the Gully Restoration Programme, playgrounds, pensioner housing, service cuts, user fees and charges, and debt.
Mayor Julie Hardaker says: "Some key issues have emerged from the submissions received. The Councillors and I are looking forward to hearing from individuals and groups over the next week about their views on the proposals in the Plan."
Council will meet on 6 and 8 June to deliberate on the Plan, with adoption of it on 29 June ahead of it taking effect from 1 July 2012.
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