Ratepayers get chance to have their say on rates
Residents and ratepayers have until May 20 to submit their feedback on Auckland city’s draft annual plan.
Released on April 18, the plan outlines what the council proposes to do and its priorities for spending over the next financial year.
Key issues include the $400 million of continued investment into city-wide projects, the proposal to keep the rates increase at 5.1 percent next year, the deferment, changes or cancellations of some projects, and the price of water supply and wastewater services.
“We need to prioritise the things that need to be done in the city and have a very careful look at whether we should continue with those projects that were nice to have, but not essential. It is about affordable progress,” mayor John Banks says.
To view the full document visit the council website at www. aucklandcity.govt.nz or any Auckland city public library. A DVD is also available on the council website.
Feedback can be submitted online and people can highlight any projects planned to be deferred, changed or cancelled that they want brought back into the council’s plans.
Returning projects to the plan would lead to higher rates.
Feedback can also be submitted on three options on water costs.
Finance and strategy committee chairman Doug Armstrong says the council wants to know what the public thinks.
Feedback will be considered by the council before the budget and plans for the next 12 months are decided.