Rates and Services Review

Consultation has concluded

In order to ensure Council’s financial sustainability over the past year we have involved our community in a Rates and Services Review, exploring options for changes in the range and level of services, and the means to fund these.  The Review is now substantially complete.  As a result of the Review we have lodged an application for a Special Rate Variation with the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal.

The Review was necessary because increases in population the City has experienced over the past five years has caused a rise in demand for Council services, which are becoming increasinglyContinue reading

In order to ensure Council’s financial sustainability over the past year we have involved our community in a Rates and Services Review, exploring options for changes in the range and level of services, and the means to fund these.  The Review is now substantially complete.  As a result of the Review we have lodged an application for a Special Rate Variation with the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal.

The Review was necessary because increases in population the City has experienced over the past five years has caused a rise in demand for Council services, which are becoming increasingly costly to provide.  In addition, we now have more up-to-date forecasts of the cost of improving our infrastructure, and these have identified a need to spend more on essential community assets like roads, footpaths, drains, parks and other facilities.

The Review comprised:

  1. a collaborative phase from June to November 2013, in which conversations were conducted about the challenges facing council and the ways in which they could be resolved with a Community Working Group, a representative sample of the Canterbury community.  Engagement of the broader community also took place to make these conversations as public as possible and to gather feedback.
  2. a consultative phase from mid-December 2013 to February 2014 to inform the Canterbury community of the strategy preferred by the Community Working Group, including the size and timing of a proposed Special Rate Variation, and also to gather feedback.

Extensive information on the process and outcomes of the review can be found here on this website.

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Consultation has concluded
  • Community Working Group finds a preferred option

    over 2 years ago
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    Over two meetings the Community Working Group came up with options and evaluated them.  Initially this resulted in considerable discussion about the application of the criteria, and at the fifth meeting on the 23 October 2013 no clear preferred option(s) had emerged. You can read the outputs from this meeting here.

    At the sixth meeting, held on 7 November 2013, the group refined the criteria, generated new options, and evaluated them.  Again no clear preferred option emerged.  The group then discussed the features common to all options, and came up with a new option that they all could support.  Read the outputs from the sixth meeting here.

    The options were based on many of the ideas that the group had come up with at the third meeting. You can read the feasibility assessment of these ideas here.

    Over two meetings the Community Working Group came up with options and evaluated them.  Initially this resulted in considerable discussion about the application of the criteria, and at the fifth meeting on the 23 October 2013 no clear preferred option(s) had emerged. You can read the outputs from this meeting here.

    At the sixth meeting, held on 7 November 2013, the group refined the criteria, generated new options, and evaluated them.  Again no clear preferred option emerged.  The group then discussed the features common to all options, and came up with a new option that they all could support.  Read the outputs from the sixth meeting here.

    The options were based on many of the ideas that the group had come up with at the third meeting. You can read the feasibility assessment of these ideas here.

  • How will we find the best solution?

    over 2 years ago
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    On 9 October the Community Working Group met to develop criteria to help us sort through the options for council rates and services and find the best solution. Check out the meeting outputs with their ideas here.  View their list of features of a good solution.

    Options might include a combination of increases in rates or user charges, borrowing, or service reductions.  At the next meeting on 23 October 2013 the group will review these and find the ones that will work best for Canterbury.


    On 9 October the Community Working Group met to develop criteria to help us sort through the options for council rates and services and find the best solution. Check out the meeting outputs with their ideas here.  View their list of features of a good solution.

    Options might include a combination of increases in rates or user charges, borrowing, or service reductions.  At the next meeting on 23 October 2013 the group will review these and find the ones that will work best for Canterbury.


  • Community Working Group Brainstorms Possible Strategies

    over 2 years ago
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    On 11 September the Community Working Group met for the third time, reviewed council service profiles, and brainstormed possible strategies for the challenge facing council.  Check out the meeting outputs with their ideas here.

    At the next meeting on 9 October 2013 the group will develop the criteria to evaluate these ideas, and find the ones that will work best for Canterbury.

    On 11 September the Community Working Group met for the third time, reviewed council service profiles, and brainstormed possible strategies for the challenge facing council.  Check out the meeting outputs with their ideas here.

    At the next meeting on 9 October 2013 the group will develop the criteria to evaluate these ideas, and find the ones that will work best for Canterbury.

  • Second Community Working Group Meeting Held

    over 2 years ago
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    The Community Working Group met for a second time on 20 August 2013.  The group worked together to prepare their own definition of the challenge facing council:

    How can council maintain the services needed to improve the high quality of life in Canterbury, keep costs down and find alternative sources of income so that rates can be kept as low as possible, and clearly demonstrate the need for any increase in rates?

    Check out the outputs from the second meeting.  At the third meeting on 11 September the group will brainstorm possible strategies for this challenge.

    The Community Working Group met for a second time on 20 August 2013.  The group worked together to prepare their own definition of the challenge facing council:

    How can council maintain the services needed to improve the high quality of life in Canterbury, keep costs down and find alternative sources of income so that rates can be kept as low as possible, and clearly demonstrate the need for any increase in rates?

    Check out the outputs from the second meeting.  At the third meeting on 11 September the group will brainstorm possible strategies for this challenge.

  • Community Working Group meets for the 1st time

    almost 3 years ago
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    A central element of our Rates and Services Review is the Community Working Group, a randomly selected representative sample of the Canterbury community.  We are exploring options for the range and level of services, and the means to fund these, in a series of conversations with the group.  The first meeting of the Community Working Group was held on Thursday 1 August 2013.  View the outputs from the first meeting

    The group developed a list of questions about council rates and services, and we prepared answers to these questions for discussion at the next meeting.  Read the questions and answers.  What questions do you have about council rates and services? 

    The next meeting of the group will be held on Tuesday 20th August 2013.

    A central element of our Rates and Services Review is the Community Working Group, a randomly selected representative sample of the Canterbury community.  We are exploring options for the range and level of services, and the means to fund these, in a series of conversations with the group.  The first meeting of the Community Working Group was held on Thursday 1 August 2013.  View the outputs from the first meeting

    The group developed a list of questions about council rates and services, and we prepared answers to these questions for discussion at the next meeting.  Read the questions and answers.  What questions do you have about council rates and services? 

    The next meeting of the group will be held on Tuesday 20th August 2013.

  • Rates and Services Review starts

    almost 3 years ago
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    In July 2013 we started the 2013 Rates and Services Review by sending out a Fact Sheet with rates notices.  If you haven't seen this, you can get a copy from the Fact Sheets Library.

    Increases in population over the past five years, and expected in the future, and more up-to-date forecasts of the cost of improving our infrastructure mean we will not have enough income in future years to continue to deliver the same range and level of services. 

    We are undertaking the review to explore options for the range and level of service that council provides, and the means to fund these. 

    In July 2013 we started the 2013 Rates and Services Review by sending out a Fact Sheet with rates notices.  If you haven't seen this, you can get a copy from the Fact Sheets Library.

    Increases in population over the past five years, and expected in the future, and more up-to-date forecasts of the cost of improving our infrastructure mean we will not have enough income in future years to continue to deliver the same range and level of services. 

    We are undertaking the review to explore options for the range and level of service that council provides, and the means to fund these.