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How much are you willing to spend?

What’s important to you? What if you paid the same amount of rates as you do now, but could influence where the money went in order to best suit your wants and needs?

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Introduction

This quick survey is designed to help us understand, at a high level, what’s important to you and where you think money should be spent. It will provide us with valuable information about what our communities think money should be spent on in the years ahead. Remember: While this will help Council prioritise expenditure, there are also things we cannot compromise on, to ensure we meet our obligations to the community as required by legislation e.g. drinking water standards and sewerage treatment standards. These are also some of our highest costs. Don’t think too much about it, go with your gut, and tell us for the activities below whether you want more or less spending, or the status quo.

BUILDING COMMUNITIES ACTIVITY

This activity includes recreation and leisure, community facilities, civil defence and stormwater.

Recreation and leisure:
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Sportsfields and recreational space - We have 32 sportsfields and 222 reserves that can be used for a variety of activities
Swimming pools - We have two community swimming pools in Katikati and Te Puke
Facilities near our water - These are our boat ramps, wharves, jetties and pontoons. Currently we have 20 boat ramps, nine wharves and jetties and five pontoons
TECT Park - We have a giant outdoor adventure park where you can create your own dream playground
Find out more about recreation and leisure.
Community strategy
The importance of sustainable, resilient communities is paramount. In these communities residents feel included, support and look out for each other, influence decisions that affect them, collaborate to achieve the collective good and foster tolerance and acceptance of others. This is about having strong social and cultural infrastructure in place from having places where people can meet, learn and socialise to encouraging communities to be prepared for any civil defence emergencies. Find out more about building communities
Community facilities
Our four libraries and five service centres fulfill an important community function across the District by informing and encouraging people to meet and socialise. Libraries have been described as ‘community anchors’ demonstrating their value as important community assets. Libraries can contribute to a sense of belonging by collecting and displaying the history of an area. Service centres are where our communities seek information from Council in a friendly environment about processes, regulations and procedures. This information is offered in an accurate, user-friendly, timely and cost effective way.
Civil defence and emergency management
It is vital the community and Council are prepared to respond to, effectively manage and recover in emergency situations. While it is a legal requirement for us to provide Civil Defence and Emergency Management, it is also a community expectation these services will be provided across our District.
Regulatory services - This includes: Animal services, building services, resource consent services, community protection.
We are required to take a balanced approach to decision making by considering the competing rights of individuals and groups to undertake particular activities. Our Regulatory Services Strategy includes activities which protect people and the environment by regulating and licensing aspects of commercial services and private behaviour where well-being issues arise.
Our roads, footpaths and cycleways
Providing and maintaining quality safe roads, footpaths, walkways and cycleways for everyone contributes to the health and well-being of the community. We have nearly 900km of rural roads and sealed roads, more than 5000 road signs and 80 bridges. Find out more about our roads, footpaths and cycleways
Drinking water supply
We supply quality drinking water to 15,000 properties across the District via our 24 pump stations, 10 water treatment plants and 24 reservoirs and tank sites. Find out more about drinking water supply
Stormwater
Stormwater systems are built to protect buildings and property from the effects of flooding and coastal inundation. These systems include watercourses, open channels, swales and structures that channel stormwater to a final discharge point. We have 131km of stormwater pipes and more than 2500 manholes. Find out more about stormwater