20.5 mil­lion rea­sons to vote this year

Auckland City Harbour News - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - ELESHA ED­MONDS

Ratepay­ers in cen­tral Auck­land have a $20.5 mil­lion de­ci­sion on their hands at this month’s lo­cal elec­tions.

The Al­bert-Eden Lo­cal Board has been al­lo­cated around $20.5 mil­lion by Auck­land Coun­cil for the 2016/17 year. How this bud­get is spent is up to eight elected board mem­bers, whose wage is also forked out by the ratepayer. The newly-elected Al­bert-Eden Lo­cal Board chair­per­son will re­ceive $88,000 - one of the high­est salaries for a board chair in Auck­land - while the other mem­bers will re­ceive $42,750 each.

There’s a lot rid­ing on this elec­tion for Al­bert-Eden res­i­dents - the next three years will see dras­tic changes as the res­i­den­tial ar­eas get denser and the pop­u­la­tion gets big­ger. ping cen­tre by 70 per cent and add around 1500 car parks.The main is­sue with the ex­pan­sion is the ef­fects on the res­i­den­tial ar­eas around the mall. Then there is the con­tin­ued wider ef­fect it will have on town cen­tres and small busi­nesses, par­tic­u­larly in the neigh­bour­ing sub­urbs of Mt Al­bert and Pt Chevalier. A li­ai­son group has been pro­posed with the hope it will in­crease com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween res­i­dents and the de­vel­op­ers.

The cen­tral Auck­land isth­mus is set to change as the res­i­den­tial ar­eas get denser and the pop­u­la­tion gets big­ger.

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