Committee to look again at fees, charges

A schedule of fees and charges for Gisborne District Council has been sent back to committee level after comments that they were too expensive.

The council had been asked to adopt the 2019/20 fees and charges document for consultation. It was told that the fees and charges were reviewed as part of the annual plan process .

They had mostly increased by the rate of inflation, 2.12 percent, however some fees had to increase further to recover the actual costs of an associated service. Once approved, the fees become effective from July 1.

Mayor Meng Foon said the fees and charges were “quite expensive”and were more than the rate of inflation.

“I do have a concern about the process as well,” he said.

Most of the fees and charges related to the environmental planning regulatory committee. The mayor asked his fellow councillors if the schedule should be returned for further discussion and recommendations, to make sure the committee had thoroughly investigated and tested the assumptions.

Pat Seymour said she was happy for this to go to the committee for review. The report could lie on the table.

Some were relatively minor increases but a charge for consenting alterations to a garage had increased by 100 percent and for new dwellings, more than 100 percent.

She understood there were high overheads and somewhere they needed to be paid for, but this was sheeting it home not directly to ratepayers but to people who were seeking a service.

Possibly in the past ratepayers may have been paying for some of these applications which were actually individual-related.

A schedule of fees and charges for Gisborne District Council has been sent back to committee level after comments that they were too expensive.

The council had been asked to adopt the 2019/20 fees and charges document for consultation. It was told that the fees and charges were reviewed as part of the annual plan process .

They had mostly increased by the rate of inflation, 2.12 percent, however some fees had to increase further to recover the actual costs of an associated service. Once approved, the fees become effective from July 1.

Mayor Meng Foon said the fees and charges were “quite expensive”and were more than the rate of inflation.

“I do have a concern about the process as well,” he said.

Most of the fees and charges related to the environmental planning regulatory committee. The mayor asked his fellow councillors if the schedule should be returned for further discussion and recommendations, to make sure the committee had thoroughly investigated and tested the assumptions.

Pat Seymour said she was happy for this to go to the committee for review. The report could lie on the table.

Some were relatively minor increases but a charge for consenting alterations to a garage had increased by 100 percent and for new dwellings, more than 100 percent.

She understood there were high overheads and somewhere they needed to be paid for, but this was sheeting it home not directly to ratepayers but to people who were seeking a service.

Possibly in the past ratepayers may have been paying for some of these applications which were actually individual-related.

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