Pride in Putaruru & Putaruru Moving Forward – Funding Model Changes
We are currently considering the future focus of Pride in Putaruru (PIP) and Putaruru Moving Forward (PMF). This is driven by a changing vision, community engagement and changing times. This engagement document outlines the new focus and the funding required to ensure we deliver on the Putaruru Concept Plan. Add to this, a change in staff, some funding anomalies and other changes and it makes this an ideal time to do a complete review.
This post runs you through those… but first a little background.
PIP has been part of Putaruru for over 20 years. The activity is half funded by Putaruru Ward residents and half by (some) businesses (ie those currently being rated under the Putaruru Business Rate). It delivers a range of services including but not limited to the Putaruru Business Awards, Christmas Parade, Information Service, Business After 5 Ladies Breakfast, The Prattler, picnic tables, among other events and initiatives.
PMF is a newer group working closely with PIP to prepare Putaruru to meet the demands of the future, foster economic growth and drive community vibrancy.
Both PIP and PMF enjoy an excellent relationship with Elected Members and Council staff. This relationship ensures that together we can make significant positive changes in Putaruru.
The activities of PIP and PMF contribute greatly to the economic and community development of Putaruru.
There is an online survey available at the bottom of this information. We encourage you to read the information first before completing the survey. We suggest too that if you have questions please contact
Stu Edmeades (Putaruru Moving Forward) on 0274 409 899; or
Ben Smit (Council’s Deputy Chief Executive) on 021 436 580
FEEDBACK PLEASE BY 17 JANUARY 2018
The PIP contract with Council is up for renewal. The contract is currently $66,125 (incl GST) and has not been increased for a decade.
The scope and current level of funding does not cover the full extent of activities that both groups are now involved in. These new areas were developed over the last few years in response to community and business feedback. Some of these larger projects include the tidy up of the town centre (CBD area), the development of the Putaruru Concept Plan, involvement in the Putaruru Growth Plan and attracting new business to Putaruru.
The Putaruru Concept Plan needs further development to achieve the outcomes that came from community feedback.
The Putaruru Concept Plan identifies five work streams:
Facilitating a strong sense of community
Planning for residential growth
Supporting existing businesses (eg, shop frontages, mentoring, etc)
Managing community events, information centre and the community focused Prattler
Encouraging new business development
Further develop and support the implementation of the Putaruru Concept Plan.
Provide a community support function, eg extra community events, information service, websites and The Prattler.
Support business by facilitating mentoring programmes, improved alignment with Waikato Innovation Park, project coordination with PMF and a business development and investment link.
Develop and maintain a database of land for sale and business opportunities together with a business investment website to highlight our strengths, our good news and the marketing of Putaruru.
The new manager with work closely with PIP and PMF and with Council Elected Members and staff, the SWIF Trust, Waikato River Trails, local business people, Economic Development Agencies and others to develop Putaruru.
Putaruru Ward rate – charged at a fixed rate of $24.86 to each property in the Ward.
Putaruru Business rate – charged on capital value to all properties currently rated on a designated list. The list of business properties is out of date.
To make it more equitable it is proposed that half of the Putaruru Business Rate (ie 25% of total funding) be based on capital value; and half as a flat rate per property (ie, 25% of the total funding). This means the split is more equitable across all businesses.
Below are the rating options that compares 2017-18 rates with proposed rates going forward. Figures, incl GST. Properties in the Ward (ie, not businesses) will see an annual increase in rates of just under $10.
* not all of this funding goes to PIP, there are some additional elements funded, eg CCTV cameras, administration costs
Have your say
Online survey link here.
Hard copy information engagement flyer (including hard copy survey form) here.