On public exhibition at the moment is one of the crucial annual council documents.
It outlines what council plans to do and how it will spend its money for the next 12 months (from July 1) and the bigger picture of the next three years.
It includes setting the fees and charges to take effect from July 1.
The combined 354 pages offer residents the chance to offer an informed opinion of the council’s vision.
Start on page one if you want the airy fairy stuff or go straight to page 19 to find out how to read the important bits.
Page 21 gives the links to the other strategic decisions council has made that informs this operational plan but maybe don’t go down that rabbit hole at this point. We might not see you for years.
Instead, stick with this paper; and from page 29 read about 80 pages worth of Council KPI’s (key performance indicators) which outlines projects and targets as part of council’s every day work-a-day life.
Then, you have to tackle the financials. They start on p96.
Read all that blurb and then you’re finally at page 113 and here is the good stuff that community members are really interested in: the capital works program.
The capital works program
This is where you learn – for example – how much it will cost to renovate the corporate amenities at Central Coast Stadium and where the funding is coming from and when it’s due to be spent.
Or – in the case of the Halekulani Oval building renewal program – how nothing is in the budget for the next three years.
That reading will take you up to page 151.
That’s a lot of reading. I seriously believe every community group across the coast needs one of their members to read those pages 113-151, if nothing else.
However, potential councillors need to keep reading.
From page 152, we have the statement of revenue.
The Statement of Revenue details how rates and annual charges are set, as well as fees and charges for use of Council facilities and services.
But community readers might want to jump straight to another document: the one that outlines the actual fees and charges for next financial year – which starts in less than three weeks.
Now, again, this is an important council document and it is only 146 pages long.
It contains all Council’s fees and charges.
Fees and charges
Have a read of the fees and charges and see if anything stands out for you.
This is tricky because the council doesn’t compare this year’s fees with next year’s so only those who use the services will know if the prices have increased without comparing to last year’s list.
(Let me know if you find anything interesting: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Here is the operational plan: https://www.yourvoiceourcoast.com/…/draft_delivery…
Here are the fees and charges: https://www.yourvoiceourcoast.com/…/draft_fees_and…
Or if you want to start from scratch: https://www.yourvoiceourcoast.com/delivery