Ratepayer funding for $800k lights
Auckland’s Queen Street may soon by glowing under new festive lights that would cost about $300,000 of ratepayer money.
Auckland Council has agreed in principle to a concept to light 118 trees and 70 street poles on Queen St between Customs St to Mayoral Drive in Auckland’s CBD.
The estimated cost to install the lights is $800,000 and ongoing maintenance would be managed by Auckland Council.
The proposal, worked on by publicly funded business group Heart of the City, recommended $300,000 of ratepayer money be spent on installation.
Another $300,000 will come from Heart of the City. The remaining $200,000 for the project is proposed to come from a private commercial sponsor.
In 2015 it was revealed Heart of the City had received $20m of ratepayer cash over the previous five years.
Auckland Council’s Auckland City Centre Advisory Board agreed in principle of the proposal on December 8.
Board member Mike Lee said he thinks the lights are a brilliant idea for the city centre.
The board’s open agenda said the lights would play an important role in the growth of the city centre.
‘‘The lights would add vibrancy to the evolving city landscape,’’ the agenda said.
Under the proposed funding model ratepayers will pay about $300,000 for the lights.