From today the public can give feedback on the Western Bay of Plenty District Council's plans and budget for the next 10 years.

A consultation document giving an overview of what the council has decided are its most important issues, priorities and projects for the next decade is out for consultation.

The Long-Term Plan 2018-2028 - a budget and information about the projects the council will take on - has been developed over the past 14 months.

The proposed overall average rates increase for the 2018-2019 year to fund the plans is 3.1 per cent.

The consultation period will close at 4pm on Friday, May 4.

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For more information about the plan visit the council's consultation website.

You can also talk to council staff and elected members about the plans at community meetings:

•Katikati – Saturday, April 14, 10am – 12pm
•Te Puke – Sunday, April 15, 10am – 12pm
•Council Chambers – Thursday, April 19, 5pm – 7pm
•Omokoroa – Saturday, April 21, 10am – 12pm
•Waihi Beach - Saturday, April 28, 10am – 12pm.