Have a say on coun­cil bud­get

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Auck­land Coun­cil wants as many Auck­lan­ders as pos­si­ble to speak up on the re­gion’s 10-year bud­get.

Peo­ple will have un­til March 16 to have their say be­fore fi­nal de­ci­sions are made by coun­cil in June.

Auck­land Coun­cil act­ing chief fi­nance of­fi­cer Kevin Ram­say says hav­ing a say is im­por­tant as bud­get de­ci­sions in­clud­ing how much is in­vested over the next decade and how it is paid for will af­fect all Auck­lan­ders.

‘‘Auck­lan­ders want this city to keep mov­ing for­ward and to build on progress over re­cent years,’’ he says.

‘‘We also know peo­ple want us to keep their rates and other charges as low as pos­si­ble.

‘‘Coun­cil is work­ing to de­liver a bud­get that gets this bal­ance right.’’

The bud­get cov­ers key is­sues in­clud­ing in­vest­ment in Auck­land, their im­pact on rate lev­els, how rates are split among ratepay­ers, coun­cil’s role in hous­ing and devel­op­ment and what should be done about fix­ing trans­port and the fund­ing op­tions to pay for it.

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