20.5 million reasons to vote this year
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.