Annual Plan 2020/21

Submissions closing on 17 April 2020, 05:00 PM

Guided reading at Te Ahu library Kaitaia

In this year’s Annual Plan 2020-21 there are two issues the Council would like to gather community feedback on. These are changes to the way depreciation is funded in our accounting policy and a proposal to remove overdue library fines for children and young adults. There are also minor amendments to some of our standard fees and charges. 

You can have your say on these proposals by filling in our online submission form. We recommend you read the consultation document(PDF, 2MB) first to learn more about the options.

Printed information and submission forms are available at Council Service Centres and Far North District Libraries.

Consultation document(PDF, 2MB)

Online submission

Further information

The Annual Plan is a one-year slice of our Long Term Plan. Usually, the Council does not consult on this statutory document unless there are significant changes to existing plans. However, the Annual Plan also provides us with an opportunity to address new issues or adjust our plans if required. 

The Far North has infrastructure assets worth around $2 billion that need maintenance, upgrades and, at times, replacement. These lifetime costs are known as the depreciation value. At present, the depreciation is funded by the ratepayer. Council considers this rate to be a burden to ratepayers. We are proposing to reduce this pressure by changing how we fund infrastructure maintenance, upgrades and replacement.

The Council is consulting on two proposed changes to the depreciation section of the accounting policy. The first will stop raising revenue via rates for the depreciation of some ‘non-essential’ assets. Non-essential assets may include civil defence alarms, carparks, maritime assets (wharfs, pontoons and boat ramps), motor camps, park and reserve structures (playgrounds, park benches, litter bins and minor structures), and solid waste assets (transfer stations, landfill and recycling centres).

The second proposed change is to the community assets group. This includes community buildings and centres, halls and museums. The proposal is to reduce the percentage of depreciation funding raised via rates to just 50 per cent.

For both the non-essential and community asset groups, decisions whether to renew or replace infrastructure will be handled on a case-by-case basis as required.

If these changes are supported by our communities and are adopted, we plan to invest approximately $2 million in a programme to accurately assess the condition of all our assets. This will ensure we maintain and protect essential services well into the future.

We propose removing late-return fines for children and young adults. A key goal of libraries is to provide resources that encourage self-learning and discovery for our young people. The Council believes the threat of fines not only undermines this approach, it is also ineffective. Collecting overdue fines is time consuming and costly, while the financial impact of removing these fines will be small – less than 50c per ratepayer per year.

Submissions can be made using our online form, or you can collect a submission form from your nearest Council Service Centre or Far North District Library.

  1. Christine Moses
    I propose that any objections made by a ratepayer or local society, to a consent, be accompanied with a bond. This amount should be on a sliding scale depending on the scale of the objection. If the objection is over ruled the objector forfeits his bond, to contribute to FNDC costs and to the costs of the person that is applying or already has the consent
  2. Brian Gillespie
    I have been careful to sort recyclable plastic which once was sent to China,. There is now no facility for doing so and recyclable plastic now goes to landfill or worse. District council must provide or incentivise a recycling facility