Auckland Council’s annual budget consultation received 8058 written submissions - an increase of more than 140 per cent on the previous year and triple the number of submissions compared to the 2015 financial year. In addition to written submissions, 103 comments were received via social media while nearly 1500 Aucklanders attended the feedback events across Auckland. More feedback was received from Auckland’s diverse communities, including Maori, Pasifika and Asian Aucklanders than ever before. This represents 44 per cent of total feedback - up from 18 per cent last year. A final decision for the new budget will be made on June 1.