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It is proposed that the cost of registering a dog in the Tasman District will be increased from $50 to $53 for urban dogs and from $30 to $32 for their rural counterparts.
For the first time in more than 10 years, the Tasman District Council is looking to raise the registration fee for its dog.
From July 1, the council is proposing to charge an additional $3 to register an urban dog, lowering the cost from $50 to $53. For rural dogs, a $2 increase is proposed, raising the charge from $30 to $32.
The planned hike in dog registration fees is included in the council’s draft schedule of fees and charges for 2022-23, which elected officials passed on Thursday. They agreed to send out this draft calendar for public consultation from Monday to May 4 – along with the council’s draft Annual plan 2022-23 will listen to comments.
However, the director of the council’s Environmental Assurance Group, Dennis Bush-King, told lawmakers that dog owners should be notified by July 1.
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“So even if the increase is included in the schedule of fees and charges, a decision will be made [in May] to the regulatory committee to set that as a charge, so we can tell everyone before we have to send in all the registration paperwork,” Bush-King said.
Policy officer Sandra Hartley said one of the key changes to the proposed schedule of fees and charges was a proposal to increase the hourly staff rate – from $164 in 2021-22 to $170 in 2022-23 .
Waste charges at the council’s resource recovery centers were also set to increase by 20%, mainly due to a 15% increase in landfill charges.
In a report on the matter, Hartley says the Nelson Tasman Regional Landfill business unit’s 15% increase in landfill charges is in turn driven by the New Zealand landfill tax increase. waste disposal – from $20 to $30 per ton – as well as additional capital. landfill improvement costs and additional interest and amortization costs.
The proposed 20% increase in council resource recovery centers takes into account these higher landfill fees as well as the intention to recover more of the costs from users, rather than through tariffs.
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Councilor Dana Wensley raised the 30c-a-day fine for adult members with late items at district libraries, saying she was reporting it in the hope ‘we get some feedback on it’.
“I know there’s a growing movement toward removing late fines from libraries,” Wensley said.
Councilor Christeen Mackenzie said 21 councils had waived fines for overdue library items.
“I just want to make sure it’s on the work plan going forward,” Mackenzie said.
Mayor Tim King said he believed research had shown overdue fines had no “significant impact on the number of books returned or not returned”.
“Maybe through the consultation process we can revisit that,” King said.