14 March 2017
Council has set out its budget for its draft Annual Plan 2017-18. Now councillors need to know what you think about their priorities.
Councillors have agreed that, as well as maintaining services and the projects already on the books, the Annual Plan should also include:
Greater financial provision for three core projects:
- Picton’s sewerage upgrade
- Blenheim’s stormwater upgrade to Town Branch Drain
- a barge loading site for logs in the Kenepuru.
Two major advances in the use of technology:
- Digitising Council’s resource consenting and monitoring systems
- Support to bring broadband into rural Marlborough.
A series of other projects:
- A pyrolysis plant to process treated waste timber
- Extending opening hours at the transfer station and the libraries
- Developing an event area at Pollard Park’s Churchill Glade
- Helping meet the costs of swimming pool inspections, as required by the government
- A programme to deal with the marine pest Sabella
- A new weather monitoring station in Picton.
An increase of 2.33% in rates would be needed to pay for the draft spending programme as it currently stands, although some of these projects would be funded from Council’s reserve funds, not directly by rates.
Submissions on the draft Annual Plan will open on Thursday 6 April. More information will be coming out soon on the spending plans and how to give your feedback.