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Published: 2013-03-01 00:00:00

Feedback will be sought from Te Puru landowners on three rating options to pay for work completed last year to protect the community from up to a 1-in-100 year flood event.

The options will be included in the 2013/14 Draft Annual Plan, due to be adopted at an extraordinary council meeting next Thursday, 7 March. 

Detailed information will be available online at www.waikatoregion.govt.nz/annualplan from Tuesday, 12 March. A newsletter outlining the proposals will also be sent to all Te Puru ratepayers. 

Te Puru suffered significant damage to properties and infrastructure during the 2002 ‘weather bomb’ and has a history of flooding. Prior to completion of flood mitigation works by the council last year, the community was subject to the highest risk to life on the Thames Coast in a 100-year flood event. 

During yesterday’s meeting, councillors agreed to consult on the following rating options to pay for the work: 

Option A (status quo) 

  • A per property rate for all Te Puru properties. 

Option B (as included in pre-consultation)

  • A rate based on capital value for properties in areas that directly benefit from the completed works.
  • A per property rate applied across the whole Te Puru community for indirect benefits received from the completed works. 

Option C

  • A rate based on funding 50 per cent of the rate on capital value and 50 per cent on a per property rate for properties in areas that directly benefit from the completed works.
  • For the holiday park and motel, an additional differential would be applied to the per property component of the rate. This reflects the potential number of people able to stay at the holiday park and motel, all of whom benefit from the flood protection.
  • A per property rate applied across the whole Te Puru community for indirect benefits received from the completed works. 

In response to submissions on the 2012-2022 Long Term Plan, the council worked to develop alternative rating options to the per property rate the community originally agreed to when the flood mitigation scheme was consulted on in 2003. Informal consultation in January this year identified community concerns around the council’s preferred rating option at that time. 

As a result, the council carried out further work to review other rating options that could be used to pay for the flood mitigation work and public comment will be sought on the three rating proposals detailed in the 2013/14 Draft Annual Plan. 

Submissions on the draft annual plan close at 4pm on Friday, 12 April and can be made online at www.waikatoregion.govt.nz/annualplan from Tuesday, 12 March. 

The council’s rating decision will be implemented from 1 July 2013 and will be in place for 20 years.