Huntly residents will have a chance to ask questions about Environment Waikato’s Project Watershed next week at a public meeting.
Two public meeting will be held in the Huntly Civic Centre on Wednesday, April 3 at 11.00am and at 7.00pm. These meetings will provide more information about the project, which will develop better flood protection, soil conservation, and river management for the Waikato and Waipa River catchments.
Some Huntly residents were previously paying a borough stormwater rate which covered both stormwater and flood protection. Under Project Watershed, the flood protection component would in future be funded through Project Watershed rates.
Low lying areas of Huntly that have previously been flood prone and that are now directly protected by flood protection works, are to pay a direct benefit rate. The rate under the draft proposal depends on the level of protection provided and on the capital value of the property.
Environment Waikato has been working with communities to develop a draft Funding Policy for Project Watershed, which is now open for submissions.
Under the proposed Funding Policy, the Huntly community will share the cost of the work with the rest of the Waikato community, as all ratepayers contribute through general rates.
Ratepayers can find out what the project will mean for their own rates on Environment Waikato’s website, www.ew.govt.nz/watershed(external link), or by calling 0800 WE CONSULT (0800 932 667) with their valuation number.
The draft funding policy is open for submissions and comment until Monday, April 8. Submissions will be heard by the Council from mid April and the formal adoption of the final funding policy will be done at the end of May.