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Sports fields and boat ramps. Should users pay to play?

Papa Hākinakina me ngā rōnaki waka. Me utu e te hunga whakamahi?

Sports fields and boat ramps. Should users pay to play?

We think it’s fairer that those who directly generate a need for, and gain the highest benefit from a service, pay a larger share of the running costs of that service, but we want to know what you think.

The issue 

Council charges fees to people and organisations who use Council facilities to cover the running costs of maintaining them. We know how important these facilities and activities are to our communities, so we want to make sure we keep providing and maintaining these well-loved spaces.

We could continue to dip into our income from general ratepayers to cover the increasing running costs, or we could increase some user fees and charges. We think it’s fairer that those who directly generate a need for, and gain the highest benefit from a place or space, pay a share of the running costs.

What we’re proposing 

We could continue to dip into our income from general ratepayers to cover the increasing running costs, or we could increase some user fees and charges.

We think it’s fairer that those who directly generate a need for, and gain the highest benefit from a service, pay a larger share of the running costs of that service. 

Crunching the numbers  

We want to introduce new fees to seek a more fair and equitable balance between revenue from rates and revenue from user fees and charges.  
 
We’re proposing new fees and charges for: 

  • Boat ramps
  • Sports fields 
  • Use of council land for a lease or licence to occupy 
  • Asset protection bonds 
  • Baycourt 
  • Building services
  • Cemeteries 
  • Development works 
  • Food premises 
  • Land information 
  • Planning 
  • Recreation 
  • Sustainability and waste
  • Trade waste
         

What do you think?

Give us your feedback on this proposal 

Consultation closed 5pm, 15 December 2023.

For more information on what we’re proposing go to page 62 of the consultation document 

Full consultation document (8.9mb pdf)

Sports fields, leases and boat ramps factsheet (48kb pdf)

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