Kāpiti Coast District Council has agreed on some immediate measures to support local people and businesses affected by the Covid-19 outbreak.
At a briefing last week the council agreed to:
- Remove rates late payment penalties for rest of 2019/20
- A June 2020 rates payment holiday for those impacted by Covid-19
- Waive rent payments for three months for major tenants
- Rapid supplier payments, aiming for seven-day payments
- 90-day credit terms for invoices
- Refund consent deposits and fees if applicants request to withdraw their application
- Refund a quarter of fees for food, alcohol and outdoor dining licenses paid in the current financial year
- Increase weighting for local businesses in procurement processes
- Allow community boards to repurpose unallocated discretionary grants for 2019/20 to Covid-19 response initiatives
- Flexibility to repurpose remaining social investment grants in 2019/20 as appropriate
- Extend existing library book loans by six weeks.
Mayor K Gurunathan says the council is committed to supporting the community and playing its part to mitigate the effect of Covid-19.
“We know many people have been directly impacted by the Covid-19 virus and many others will be struggling with the uncertainty at this time,” he says. “These measures are a first step in what will be a multi-staged approach to social and economic recovery for our district.
“These are difficult times and we are committed to playing our part to make sure everybody comes out of this situation in the best way possible.”
The council is also reviewing its 2020/21 budget to find further savings, and will continue to assess the situation as the full effects of Covid-19 continue to become clear.
Guru says local government plays an important role for New Zealand communities and economies.
“We’ll continue to work hard to support the community throughout this time and in the coming months and years, while balancing the need to do our job and deliver essential services in a sustainable way.”
Council chief executive Wayne Maxwell says staff have been working hard to reshape the way the council works and continue to operate, and connect with businesses and the community.
“We’ve moved at pace to respond to this dynamic situation. Further work is under way to look at how we support the community and district to recover following lifting of the lockdown.
“This includes looking at a range of possible actions to support the community and help get the local economy going.
To access support, visit the KCDC website or call 04 296 4700 or 0800 486 486. A dedicated email address will be activated shortly.