12 Feb 2013

Council plans on saving millions following review

9:30 pm on 12 February 2013

The New Plymouth District Council is proposing to save millions in the next four years following a major review of all its activities.

The review was initiated in July last year due to public concern about high costs and rate rises.

Its findings are incorporated in the council's preliminary draft annual plan released on Tuesday.

They include cutting the major events fund, delaying large capital works and looking at selling council-owned housing for the elderly.

Yearly savings - starting with $1.4 million this financial year - are expected to continue until 2017.

Mayor Harry Duynhoven says any cuts will not significantly affect services.

Councillors will discuss the draft annual plan at a meeting next week.