Palmerston North City Council adopted the Annual Plan for 2016-17 on 20 June 2016. It is year two of the 10 Year Plan 2015-25.
The Annual Plan follows the direction set in the 10 Year Plan, updating the budget where required to reflect changed circumstances, like progress with programmed works, lower interest rates on borrowing and lower inflation rates. This year's planned work includes increasing our renewals for water and wastewater to make sure the services don't break down. We have also budgeted for projects aimed at making Palmerston North a more exciting place to live and visit, and work to make it easier to move around the city.
The increase in total rates is 3.9%. This is an increase of $175 for the average value single unit residential property. Some city land values have increased significantly since last year. Rates for these properties will increase by more than the average.
Read the Annual Plan
Download the plan from the bottom of this page. You can also pick up a copy from the Council Civic Administration Building or any branch of the Palmerston North City Library, or call us on 06 356 8199 and ask us to send you one in the post.
We received 207 submissions to our proposed Annual Plan when we went out for feedback earlier this year. We used social media as well as more traditional methods to raise awareness of the plan and promote the different ways you could tell us what you thought of it. These included face-to-face sessions with councillors and council staff in libraries, schools, community centres and markets, and an online survey. Facebook alone enabled us to get our Have Your Say message in front of 10,618 people.