We're developing the Long Term Plan 2021-2031 for Central Hawke's Bay. We have some huge challenges ahead of us that we must face now, so we can secure a thriving future for our district and generations to come. We've got some ideas about how we can face these challenges, but we need to know what you think.
We now know more than we have ever known about the state of our infrastructure and services. For decades, rates have been kept artificially low, instead of fully funding depreciation or putting aside reserve funds for the renewal of our core infrastructure assets. We now require major investment in nearly every aspect of our infrastructure and services. A major step change is required to respond to the level of renewals and upgrade work we need to complete.
In this Long Term Plan, we are proposing increases to rates and the council’s overall debt limits, so we can deliver an intense infrastructure renewals programme. We are also proposing increases to development contributions to lessen the burden of growth on our ratepayers. The reality of our previous investment decisions means some dramatic increases for the future.
We've outlined our challenges and proposed options for addressing these challenges on this site and in our consultation document. In order to hear from everyone in the community, Social Pinpoint is being utilised throughout the formal consultation period to help gather key information and feedback.