Feilding Herald : June 21st 2012
3 THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2012 NEWS 4669678AA Jesus is coming ... Are you ready? Jesus is coming! Look! He is coming in the clouds & Every eye shall see Him, even those Who killed Him Rev: 1:7 How to be Saved For God so loved the world John: 3:16 Welcome Home! To Him who overcomes I will grant to Sit down with Me on My Throne. Rev: 3:21 For a Free viewing of these DVD's and many more contact Murray or Sheree • Phone 3268732 Great cuisine starts here Will be at The Kitchenware Store Wed 27 June 11am - 2pm Sharyn McCullagh (NZ Demonstrator) KitchenAid 4672036AA 96A Fergusson St (next to AA) Feilding 06 324 0398 • e: email@example.com NEW! FEILDING Family owned, community driven Bookmark Cafe @ Paper Plus Feilding 35 Manchester St • Feilding (06) 323 4058 • e: firstname.lastname@example.org Live at Bookmark Cafe Thursday June 28 7.30pm Tickets $25 Available from Paper Plus Feilding 4663085AA Lighter safety FIREREPORT Calls for the week ending June 15June 12, 7.57pm: Two fire appliances and Brigade Sup- port Vehicle responded to a smoke-filled house. June 15, 8.31am: One fire appliance responded to assist St John at a medical call. Fire Safety Message for the Week: Lighting the fire to keep warm at the moment? Where are your matches and other things you use to light the fire kept? Please ensure these are kept well out of the reach of chil- dren. Also children should be taught that these things are not toys and if they find them they should bring them to an adult. Have a safe week, The team at the Feilding Volunteer Fire Brigade. Council settles on rates rise Rating system to remain unchanged By BOBBIE NICHOLLS Listened: Manawatu District Mayor Margaret Kouvelis said the council heard from the community that proposed changes to the rating system were not supported and rates needed to be kept at an acceptable level. The rates take for financial year 2012-13 is predicted to increase by 2.9 per cent. Some properties will face higher rises, but the overall rates take is 2.9 per cent higher than the previous year, spread across fewer properties. The Long Term Plan is due to be adopted at today s Manawatu Dis- trict Council meeting. The mood of the council has been totally mindful of the ratepayers. I have never seen them so concen- trated on the needs of the rate- payers, Mayor Margaret Kouvelis said. The rates rise will be much lower than in the Draft LTP, but I am sure we will still get some flack about it. Mrs Kouvelis said the council spent a week discussing more than 200 submissions to the LTP and heard more than 100 people explaining their submissions, and pleading their case. A further three days was spent debating the plan. With more than 2800 fewer residents in the district owing to the change in boundary between the district and Palmerston North City, the rates take is being spread across fewer properties. PNCC s compen- sation was allocated to individual activities. We were also mindful of the recession and had to cut our cloth accordingly, Mrs Kouvelis said. There were very serious decisions made after deliberating long and hard over many very good submissions, but we were unable to include funding for some of the nice to haves , in favour of the must haves . People will be disappointed, but that does not prevent them from making a submission to the next annual plan. I would encourage them to persevere if they deem something important, Mrs Kouvelis said. The overwhelming feedback was against changes we had proposed to the rating system. We heard clearly that our community wanted to retain the system of targeted rates paying for specific activities. We also heard that ... the differentials, affecting the proportion of rates paid by rural and town residents, should not change. In an effort to keep the rates as low as possible, council has had to turn down many projects which might have been included in a bet- ter fiscal year. They have also raised the charges on services such as Makino Aquatic Centre entry fees, the ani- mal pound, cemetery, sports grounds and building fees. Some have increased by over 20 per cent. Stormwater connection fees will rise by 30 per cent, and there are new fees for water supplies. Funding submissions turned down were Feilding High School s proposed recreation centre, and an increase in funding to Feilding Pro- motion, and additional funding for the Country Road project, Te Manawa and New Zealand Rugby Museum. Manfeild Park Trust s Funding has also been reduced. Another change is for Kitchener Parktoberunbyatrustasa Council-Controlled Organisation (CCO). Funding approved included $500,000 from loans to be used to strengthen the council s earthquake-prone buildings and $5000 to bring the Sanson grand- stand up to a safe standard. The $3.3 million development of the Makino Aquatic Park is to be delayed until the 2013-14 year. For the coming year, the rating system will remain as general and targeted rates as opposed to general rate, with differentials reverting to the system used in the 2011-12 year. But the rating system will be reviewed again in the next financial year.
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