News: South Wairarapa District Council adopts 2022/23 Annual Plan

1 July 2022

South Wairarapa District Council adopted its 2022/23 Annual Plan on 30 June 2022. The increase in net costs to run Council is 6.61% on the 2021/22 budget forecast in the 2021-31 Long Term Plan (LTP).

At its meeting on 6 April 2022, Council confirmed that the work programme for the 2022/23 Annual Plan will align with Year 2 of the 2021-31 LTP. Best practice engagement was undertaken to inform the community of key variances and reasons for those in accordance with Council’s Significance and Engagement Policy. No significant change was identified that would change the priorities for year 2 of the 2021-31 LTP, therefore, budget was set and the 2022/23 Annual Plan adopted by Council.

‘‘We are grateful to those residents and ratepayers who made the effort to meet with us or write to us with their thoughts on the proposed Annual Plan. Although not as many as hoped turned up for our drop-in sessions, all the feedback received was useful,’’ said Chief Executive Harry Wilson.

Council has reduced its net operational costs to achieve the lower 6.61% increase, from 8.06% previously forecast in the 2021-31 LTP.

Draft Annual Plan: forecastAnnual Plan 2022-23: adopted
Total Rates revenue required, excl. GST19,920,76921,526,59421,470,84621,237,709
Increase in total rates revenue required
(from LTP Y1)
Total rates required at whole of Council level

Mayor Alex Beijen noted that ‘’South Wairarapa community has many challenges, and they cannot be addressed in a hurry as many of these involve addressing systemic and historical infrastructure issues. The Annual Plan sets out where our efforts should lie.’’

Income generated from rates and penalties is set at $21.3 million, with the remaining $8.7 million coming from fees, charges, interest and other sources, a total revenue required of $30.0 million.

Subject to some minor corrections, the Annual Plan will be published later this month and available on Council’s website with printed copies at Service Centres and Council office.

Greater Wellington Regional Council’s rates will also be payable by ratepayers, which South Wairarapa District Council collects on their behalf. We provide no input into the setting of their rates. Their increase in rates revenue is proposed as 12.27%, subject to adoption on 30 June.

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