Ratepay­ers get chance to have their say on rates

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Jus­tine Glu­cina

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.

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