Let's Talk Annual Plan - 2022/23 Annual Plan consultation
Consultation on the Let's Talk Annual Plan - draft 2022/23 Annual Plan has closed. Click here to view the 2023/23 Annual Plan.
Our vision is Waipā - Home of Champions, building connected communities.
Building these connections is designed to make your everyday life in Waipā better.
It’s creating physical connections like new roads, cycleways, footpaths, water, stormwater and wastewater pipelines; and it’s creating spaces for people to make lasting social connections like vibrant town centres, libraries, pools, museums, playgrounds, parks and reserves. It’s also championing our rich history and culture, and supporting our local businesses to provide for a thriving, sustainable economy.
We’re preparing budgets for great new facilities, infrastructure projects including roundabouts, intersections, underpasses and cycle lanes, and maintaining our existing assets – and we’re carefully balancing the books to ensure the bulk of their cost, paid for by your rates, is spread out to keep rates affordable year-on-year.
We’re currently in Year Two of our 2021-31 Long Term Plan, which shows the Council’s budget for the next financial year (1 July 2022 to 30 June 2023). This draft 2022/23 Annual Plan outlines where your rates are going to be spent and the plans and projects we’ll deliver for you that contribute to creating the communities you love to live in.
We partner with our amazing communities to improve the well-being of the Waipā district as a whole, including you!
What’s changed in the past year?
Last year, we adopted the 2021-31 Long Term Plan and we agreed that your expected average rate increase for the 2022/23 year would be 4.4%.
We’ve all seen a lot of change over the last year, which has affected global supply chains, bottom lines, and an annual consumer price index increase of 5.9% to December 2021.
Like many other organisations, we’re facing constrained labour markets and higher construction costs, which make it more expensive to operate our business. We’re working hard to ensure that we deliver our services and projects in the most effective and efficient ways possible, and our rates are within the limit set in the Long Term Plan.
The impact of these changes has seen a huge jump in the price of services and materials, which has had a flow-on effect for many of the services we provide to you. We have also had to consider the timing of some growth projects, for water, wastewater, stormwater and transportation associated with new developments in Cambridge, Te Awamutu and Kihikihi.
By postponing some of these projects to the 2022/23 year, it makes sure they align with the timing of private growth developments being undertaken in the district so that we can keep any associated costs to a minimum.
We’ll need to monitor our projects and levels of service even more closely to ensure we stay within budgets now and in future years.