The council will start its Annual Plan deliberations today

Big-budget council projects are being put off in an effort to keep next year's rates rise in a palatable range.

However, long-term financial issues still loom.

Today the Tauranga City Council will begin up to three days of deliberations on its Annual Plan for 2019-20.

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The council's financial plans have moved significantly since the council signed off a ten-year budget in the middle of last year. Under that plan, this year the city would face an average 7.5 per cent rates rise.

A majority of elected members later voted to abandon