News from Hutt City Council
The Hutt Valley community will be heard on a proposal from the Community Facilities Trust to bring a 12,000 capacity boutique community stadium to Petone Recreation Ground.
At a full council meeting tonight, Mayor Ray Wallace and councillors voted unanimously to consult on the proposal as part of the draft annual plan procedure starting in April.
Council has been asked by the trust for a $25 million contribution towards the proposal which Mayor Ray Wallace describes as “hugely significant”.
“This proposal represents great opportunities for our city but there are also community concerns. As a financially prudent council with an excellent track record of keeping rates low and meeting debt targets it is important we do due diligence, our homework, before we commit to any investment of this kind.
“No provision has been made in our budget for this proposal. Given the significance of this decision there is no need to rush things. It is vital that before any commitment is made we hear from our community and more detailed investigation is undertaken to ensure any decision made is the best ones for our city and its people.
“If this proposal was to proceed there would be a one per cent increase in rates per annum, above any inflationary increase, and amendments to council’s debt targets. While as a council we are in an excellent financial position, particularly when compared with other councils in the region, changes to rates and debt targets need careful consideration and will be a large part of our community consultation.
“I encourage all those passionate about our city’s future to get involved in this discussion, come along to public meetings, ask questions, make a submission and have their say.”
Copies of the summary of the draft annual plan will be available in hard copy and will be distributed within the Hutt News on April 15. Copies of the plan will also be available at Hutt City libraries and pools, the Lower Hutt i-SITE and at the newly-located council administration building at 531 High Street, Lower Hutt.
The community will also be able to provide feedback online from 15 April athuttcity.govt.nz