Coun­cil bud­get plan out

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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.

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