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26 June 2019

The Masterton District Council has today adopted its Annual Plan outlining key projects and activities for the 2019-20 year.

The plan also confirms a smaller-than-forecast average rates increase of 4.35 per cent.

Masterton Mayor Lyn Patterson said it was an exciting time for the Masterton District Council with key projects taking shape over the next 12 months.

“Our Town Centre Revamp will continue and there will be further engagement with the community around a civic centre project,” Mayor Patterson said.

“We’re also preparing for installation of water meters next year and will start scoping plans for a new pound facility.”

The Council opted not to run a formal consultation on the Annual Plan this year as there were no significant or material changes to the plan of activities and projects.

“All of what we are planning to do over the next 12 months was laid out in the Long-Term Plan that we adopted in 2018.

“That consultation process was extensive, and we are pleased that we are on track with our intentions outlined last year.”

Mayor Patterson said it was also pleasing to have a rates increase below what was forecast.

“In our Long-Term Plan we allowed for an increase of 5 per cent, so an increase below that figure is great news.”

The increase will vary across properties – for the median value house in Masterton the increase is 3.9% or less than $2.00 per week.

The full Annual Plan will be available on the Council website in early June.