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TCDC bucks the national trend with the announcement of an average rates reduction for 2011

12 May 2011

Mayor Glenn Leach announced today an average rates reduction of 1% for the Thames-Coromandel District for the 2011/2012 financial year, despite inflation running at over 4% and the local government...

Mayor Glenn Leach announced today an average rates reduction of 1% for the Thames-Coromandel District for the 2011/2012 financial year, despite inflation running at over 4% and the local government inflation forecast of 6%.


“An overwhelming number of submissions to the Draft Annual Plan asked the Council to reduce rates and that’s what we’ve been able to achieve. There won’t be many Council’s in New Zealand that can keep rates under inflation, let alone offer an average rates decrease” said Mayor Glenn Leach.


“This Council is dedicated to its vision and mission to deliver quality, affordable services while seeking efficiency gains and cost savings within our operations”.


“Economic development is also a priority, and that’s why we’ve supported the Hauraki Rail Trail and the project to develop more wharfing infrastructure with the Coromandel aquaculture industry. Our District needs more jobs and we are committed to facilitating this where we can”.

The Council has been able to achieve an average rates reduction because of efficiency gains made in a number of areas across the business. These include the operation of a number of its utilities, procurement gains by joint tendering with other Councils, insurance hedging, a reduction in staff numbers through natural attrition and improved internal processes.

Mayor Leach praised the work of Chief Executive Steve Ruru and staff in achieving the cost savings that have enabled this rates reduction. "Staff have bought into the new direction set by the Council and are working hard to deliver quality services while keeping costs down".

 
For more information please contact Mayor Glenn Leach or Chief Executive Steve Ruru