Retailers and merchants in Tauranga city centre, Mount Maunganui, Greerton and Papamoa are supported by membership organisations (Mainstreet organisations). Their work is funded through a targeted rate that is paid by commercial property owners in each area.
The role of these organisations is to promote local business and encourage its development in each geographical area, contributing to creating strong and vibrant city and town centres. They organise promotions, events and other initiatives to make each area more attractive, interesting and inviting to shoppers and visitors.
Two Mainstreet organisations have asked for increases to their targeted rates above what was previously requested and budgeted through the Long Term Plan:
- Mount Mainstreet is requesting a 10% increase to develop their branding and meet increasing administration and design costs for events and generic advertising. This means an increase from $148,077 in 2016/17 to $162,877 in 2017/18.
- Papamoa Unlimited has proposed a 100% increase of their targeted rate to be able to run more events and improve the marketing initiatives they undertake on behalf of local businesses. This would mean an increase from $25,000 in 2016/17 to $50,000 in 2017/18.
Rates Impact: these increases would be funded through the targeted Mainstreet rate on commercial properties and would have no impact on residential ratepayers.
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Last Reviewed: 20/03/2017