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One week left to submit on Draft Annual Plan

Environment Waikato is putting submission forms into Hamilton buses to invite feedback on its plan to provide more bus services to more places, more often.

Chairman Peter Buckley said it was an ideal way for the users of the bus services to let councillors know whether proposals for further improvements are on the right track.

The council wants to know how much people are prepared to pay for better bus services, ahead of 2008/09 Draft Annual Plan deliberations.

It has proposed three funding options for Hamilton bus services in the Draft Annual Plan, which is open for submissions until May 1.

The proposals were explained in a summary send to all households in the council’s Envirocare newsletter. The summary and 2008/09 Draft Annual Plan is also available on www.ew.govt.nz(external link), or from Environment Waikato offices.

Council’s preferred bus option is option two. This would see new Sunday bus services introduced in September at an increased cost to Hamilton ratepayers of $3.17 per $100,000 of capital value.

Cr Buckley said Environment Waikato was also keen to hear the public’s views on proposed changes to council’s pest management programmes, also outlined in the 2008/08 Draft Annual Plan summary.

“Submissions on the draft plan close on May 1, so Waikato ratepayers have a week left to let Environment Waikato councillors know their views on the proposed work programmes and rates rises for the next financial year,” he said.

“Councillors have vigorously debated the types of activities and services provided by Environment Waikato. Our proposals represent a middle ground between rates rises and the need to invest in services that protect people, property and the environment.

“Please take this opportunity to have your say.”

Submissions on the proposed amendments to the council’s 2006-16 Long-Term Council Community Plan and draft Land Transport Programme also close on May 1. These proposals can also be viewed at www.ew.govt.nz.

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