Have your say on city spend­ing plan

Central Leader - - NEWS -

If you would like to have a say on how the Auck­land Coun­cil spends your rates money, now is the time.

The coun­cil’s plans are out­lined in the draft An­nual Plan 2014/2015 which has opened for pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion.

The plan de­tails the pro­posed bud­get, ac­tiv­i­ties and in­vest­ment pro­gramme for the next fi­nan­cial year.

It also in­cludes draft lo­cal board agree­ments that high­light each of the board’s pri­or­i­ties, projects and ad­vo­cacy is­sues.

The coun­cil plans to spend $1.8 bil­lion in 2014 and 2015, say­ing pop­u­la­tion growth and pub­lic de­mand for im­proved in­fra­struc­ture re­quires sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment.

Among the projects up for dis­cus­sion are pro­gress­ing the City Rail Link to the next stage and up­grad­ing town cen­tres in­clud­ing Mt Al­bert.

The coun­cil is seek­ing feed­back on the draft plan, in­clud­ing the lo­cal projects and pro­posed bud­get changes raised by each lo­cal board.

Through the draft an­nual plan the coun­cil is also con­sult­ing on im­ple­ment­ing a strat­egy for Eden Park, Mount Smart, Western Springs and North Har­bour sta­di­ums that in­volves de­vel­op­ing new fa­cil­i­ties, shift­ing some sport­ing codes and stream­lin­ing op­er­a­tions at each venue to more ef­fi­ciently ac­com­mo­date ma­jor events and en­sure the venues’ long-term suc­cess.

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