Hugo: There are 5 main criteria for our assessment of Special Variation applications.
Hugo writes: NEED.
First is need. Tell us why you need a Special Variation and show us that you have considered other options.
Your Long Term Financial Plan needs a Base Case and Special Variation scenario.
Hugo writes: AWARENESS.
Next is Community Awareness. Ensure the community is aware of the size of the proposed Special Variation, and that it's explained in terms they understand.
Hugo writes: IMPACT.
What is the impact on ratepayers?
The proposed increases must be reasonable, taking into account the community’s willingness and capacity to pay.
Hugo writes: IP&R.
Have the IP&R documents including the Special Variation been adopted by the council?
Hugo writes: PRODUCTIVITY.
Finally, how can ratepayers benefit from productivity improvements?
Outline the productivity improvements that you have put in place in recent years and tell us what’s planned for the Special Variation period.
To get more information on our assessment criteria, download the Guidelines and Application forms from our website Portal.