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The Draft Annual Plan 2020–21 – our draft budget for the coming year – focuses on the need to secure the city’s water supply and upgrade roads, footpaths and facilities. It also prioritises keeping rates as low as possible.
Each year, the Draft Annual Plan sets out what the Council plans to achieve over the next year and how it intends to pay for it.
On 29 May 2020, the Council approved a new draft budget that takes into account the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the organisation and on ratepayers. This revised Draft Annual Plan 2020–21 proposes an average residential rate rise of 2.23 per cent, which is an overall average rate increase of 3.5 per cent. For an average house valued at $508,608 that would mean paying an extra $1.19 a week, or $62.05 a year. Read more on Newsline. (external link)
This year Christchurch City Council is largely tracking as expected when it comes to our spending, revenue and borrowing.
The average proposed rates increase for a typical household is 2.74%.
We’ve been able to hold the rate increases to all ratepayers, including businesses, remote rural and residential, to 4.65% – less than 5% indicated in the 2018-28 Long Term Plan – without affecting services.
You can find more information about the changes in the draft Annual Plan consultation document [PDF, 5.8 MB], but here’s a summary of our main proposals:
You can use our new capital programme search tool to to find projects of interest (external link)and see how expenditure has changed as part of the draft Annual Plan.