Transport feedback floods in
The debate about how Auckland Council should collect and spend ratepayer money has pushed more than 28,000 Aucklanders to put their two cents in.
After the council’s consultation on its Long Term Plan, the numbers show half of the respondents want significantly more investment in transport.
The $10.3 billion Auckland Plan Transport Network garnered 50 per cent support while 29 per cent supported the scaled back $6.9b Basic Transport Network.
The remaining 21 per cent supported either a mix of the two or did not support any of the options.
When asked how the council should fund the budget shortfall if it goes ahead with the more expensive plan, 34 per cent supported a $2 motorway toll and 27 per cent supported an increase to rates and fuel taxes while 15 per cent did not support either.
Mayor Len Brown says that elected officials now have a responsibility to listen to what Aucklanders have said.
‘‘Aucklanders have spoken and their wishes are clear.
‘‘They want a more comprehensive transport system that will cater to the needs of our growing city.’’
The mayor was also sent a message on his plan for rates.
He proposed an overall increase of 3.5 per cent, which 54 per cent of submitters disagreed with.
The mayor’s proposal to gradually decrease business rates, putting more of the funding burden on residential ratepayers was also a sticking point with 63 per cent of people disagreeing.
Elected officials will consider the feedback in a series of briefings and workshops ahead of final decisions that will be made on May 7 and 8.
The plan will be formally adopted by the council on June 25.