Rangitikei rates will rise by an average of 2.15 per cent after the district's annual plan was signed off by councillors on Thursday.

Key spending in the plan includes $60,000 for youth development, $500,000 for a new amenity block at Taihape Memorial Park, $100,000 for sports turfs in Marton and $220,000 to purchase a set of buildings in Marton for a civic centre development.

Some of that bumped the rates rise up from a projected 1.96 per cent, however it remained one of the lower rises in the region.

Rangitikei mayor Andy Watson said there had been overwhelming support from the community for money to be put into certain community facilities.


"Council's been bold. In fact, the community's been bold," Mr Watson said.

"Our council's in a strong position really. We don't have a huge debt at the moment."