Machinations

16 Sep

I want progress in Invercargill/Southland.  It is important that the residents achieve some progress in their lives, too.  Rate increases need to be considered very carefully.  With that in mind, I hope the Inner City Development in public excluded at the extraordinary meeting on Tuesday 20 September is relating to a private investor who has plans for a ‘inner city development’.  Given, it is not a full council meeting, and is the Finance and Policy committee, I doubt that is the case.

money

At a monetary level, the Significance Policy claims that only unbudgeted capital expenditure over $5 million requires consultation.

Council will consider the magnitude of the decision in terms of its net cost to Council. Most major spending decisions will be made in the context of the LTP or Annual Plan. As a general guide, any individual decision involving more than $5 million of unbudgeted capital expenditure or $500,000 of unbudgeted annual operating costs may be
regarded as significant.
The policy has separate items (A-H) that could deem an issue/project ‘significant’.  I could easily play devil’s advocate, using their logic, to allow a project to go ahead.  Add to that, Cllr Arnold has said that the ‘next council will have to be brave’ as she raved about SoRDS.  She also said, to me, about there being $XX (6 or 12?)million for CBD upgrade.  I hope she wasn’t thinking the ICC could spend the targeted rate money on something other than what was consulted on?
I suppose we should be happy that it will also require a full council meeting before it can be progressed but given how close the election is, and that most people will have sent their voting papers in by the end of September, we may have a do or die mentality by the time an Extraordinary Council meeting comes about.
I hope this will not cause a rate increase that we have not been prepared for.
UPDATE:  SINCE POSTING THIS THE AGENDA WAS REMOVED AND REPLACED WITH AN 8am MEETING IN THE DRAWING ROOM OF THE CIVIC THEATRE.
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3 Responses to “Machinations”

  1. Kylie September 16, 2016 at 11:43 am #

    Well that is strange….the agenda has disappeared from council’s website! I didn’t save a copy either.

    • Kylie September 16, 2016 at 12:16 pm #

      It is now back as a FULL council meeting….be afraid!! Reckless spending alert… lol

  2. Kylie September 16, 2016 at 12:17 pm #

    SoRD’s presentation? In the drawing room of the Civic at 8am….?
    A big end of term feed too?

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