Council budget plan out
The Auckland Council has settled on its proposed budget for the 2013/14 year and will put the plan out for consultation this month, so the public has the opportunity to have its say on where the money should be spent.
Mayor Len Brown says keeping average rates increases to 2.9 per cent is the goal.
‘‘That’s lower than the 4.8 per cent forecast in the Long Term Plan (2012-2022) and the lowest average rates increase to be proposed since the creation of Auckland Council,’’ he says.
‘‘We must continue to work hard to balance financial prudence with investment in local communities, transport improvements and boosting our local economy.’’
The council is proposing a number of savings and changes. These include: Changing the proportion of costs recovered through fees for animal management, environmental and health licences and mooring fees as well as standardising hairdressing licence fees
Proposed changes to rates remission and postponement policies, including the Maori freehold land rates remission and postponement policy
The council will no longer mow berms in the former Auckland City Council area, to bring it in line with all other parts of Auckland
The Freegal music download service offered by Auckland Libraries will no longer be available
Changes in bach and camping fees in regional parks.
Submissions will be accepted between January 24 and February 25.
Come aboard: The new Rainbow Warrior, pictured here leaving Rio de Janeiro, will be in Auckland this weekend and will welcome visitors aboard.