Trans­port feed­back floods in

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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.

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