Eastern Courier : June 8th 2011
7 EASTERN COURIER, JUNE 8, 2011 NEWS Join your new neighbourhood website and choose a local primary school that you'd like to help win iPads. Terms and conditions apply. YellowLocal.co.nz/Schools Where locals talk to locals Help win iPads for my school. COLENSO0193R_School Nandos Botany Town Centre 1 Town Centre Drive, Botany Town Centre, Botany (09) 271 2411 Open Sun Wed 10.30am 9.00pm, Thur Sat 10.30am 10.00pm Nandos Sylvia Park 286 Mt Wellington Highway, Sylvia Park, Auckland (09) 909 6495 Open Mon Wed 10.30am 9.30pm, Thur Sat 10.30am 10.00pm, Sun 10.30am 9.00pm The Chicken Espetada from Nandos Delicious chicken thigh pieces skewed with fresh red capsicum and onion then flame-grilled to perfection, basted in your choice of zesty Lemon & Herb or our exotic Peri-Peri sauce and hung over the side dish of your choice. Genuine Hot Rod 64 Walter Strevens Drive, Conifer Grove Shops Just off Great South Road Takanini Phone Cheryl or Nanette 09 296 0164, 09 299 2801 Designer Clothing CLOSING DOWN SALE SKIRTS,PANTS, TOPS, DRESSES $50.00 PANTS $80.00 or 2 for $150.00 COCKTAIL DRESSES $150.00 MOTHER OF THE BRIDE HALF PRICE FASCINATORS $25.00 or 2 for $40.00 HATS, from $50.00 www.cherylchristinefashions.co.nz Rates set to rise 3.9pc after savings of $81m By KAREN MANGNALL Rates look set to rise by just over 3.9 percent for the coming year from July. Savings of $81 million plus extra spending approved by councillors have taken the 2011-2012 transi- tional rates rise to 3.94 percent. Mayor Len Brown says it s a very reasonable figure . It s below the rate of inflation and his initial target of 4.9 percent. Anything under 4 percent, I think we ve done particularly well. Councillors will set the rates on June 28 when they sign-off the 2011-2012 annual plan. Fine-tuning of the budget before then isn t likely to shave back the rates rise, Mr Brown says. The revised budget delivers around 95 percent of what the pre- vious councils had for the year in their long-term plans -- plus some extras. Regional extras in the revised budget include: $1.9m for major events $10.34m for a built heritage protection fund $43.2m capital spending for busi- ness information management $1m for extra Rugby World Cup games shifted from Christchurch $850,000 for the waterfront mas- ter plan $800,000 for waterfront activities during the Rugby World Cup $1.95m capital spending for Ani- mal Shelters $300,000 for Volcanic Landscapes $85,000 for kauri dieback man- agement. The revised budget also includes a more realistic , reduced capital spending programme of $1.4 billion, of which $783m will be funded by council. Councillors also voted to double the discretionary funding for local boards to a total of $2.9m for oper- ating expenditure and $5.8m for capital spending. Mr Brown says local boards are getting pretty much everything they looked for from the revised annual plan. The extra discretionary money and re-allocation of legacy council budgets gives boards sufficient funding to make decisions on how to develop their communities. In the spirit of shared govern- ance , boards will decide their spending priorities rather than the council doing it for them, he says. Most of the boards are made up of former councillors and community board members who helped draw up their long-term plans. So all of their hopes that they put in place for 10 years for their communities are being delivered through this plan.
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