Following discussions with Councillors I have limited the number of needed responses to our drastically impacted society to these urgent first 3 Motions.
From: Lee Vandervis <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Friday, 20 March 2020 at 9:39 AM
To: Sue Bidrose <Sue.Bidrose@dcc.govt.nz>, Sandy Graham <Sandy.Graham@dcc.govt.nz>
Cc: “Council 2019-2022 (Elected Members)” <email@example.com>
Subject: 3 x Notices of motion
To help reassure our Dunedin citizens I believe we need to move with urgency to confirm the following recommendations to help stem the tide of personal fears, business failures, unemployment, and financial defaults that are now inevitable.
To help ease Coved-19 effects, please include the following 3 Notices of motion in the full Council agenda of 31/03/2020:
1 – that Council cancel Rates Non-payment Penalties [currently 10%] for the next 12 months to give our citizens an opportunity to defer rates expenses if hardship is claimed.
2 – that Council defer non-essential DCC projects for 12 months but continue with infrastructure projects, especially drainage, to keep local contracting businesses going.
3 – That Council reprioritise the Annual Plan budget: change to ‘Zero Rates Increase’ this year and to ‘Cover Rates Deferment for struggling families and businesses’, to be afforded by deferring non-essential projects including: George st surface treatments, University precinct surface treatments, and Waterfront development.
Cr. Lee Vandervis
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