Read the Auckland Council statement below:
Auckland, it’s time to tell us what you think.
Auckland Council released its draft annual plan today and is encouraging people to provide feedback by 1 April.
The draft plan which outlines the council’s proposed activities for the year 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2012, is available online at www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/annualplan and at libraries and council service centres across the region or by calling (09) 301 0101.
Aucklanders’ rates go towards paying for the things contained in the draft annual plan so it is important that people take the opportunity to make their views known. The draft plan explains the Auckland Council’s plans and budget for the 2011/2012 year which are contained in the council’s Long-term Plan 2010 – 2019.
This long-term plan consolidated the plans and financial projections of the previous councils.
Key proposals include:
- A proposal to spend $1.8 billion on services across the region and $773 million on capital projects. -
A proposed rates increase of 4.9 per cent. (That's an increase to what the council calls a "transition rate" for 2011/12 from what Auckland region's ratepayers' previously paid. Watercare also wants a 4.5% increase to the waste water rate from what was collected in 2010/11).
- Aligning the way rates are charged across the region by introducing four rates instalments per year for all ratepayers, a 1.5 per cent early payment discount and a 10 per cent penalty for late payment.
The draft annual plan also includes Local Board Agreements which outline the activities the region’s 21 local boards propose to undertake within their communities over the next 12 month period from 1 July.
A summary of the draft annual plan will be delivered to all households in the region from today. The pamphlet includes a freepost feedback form for people to fill in.
For more information, please contact: Angelika Cutler External communications Auckland Council 027 474 3695 Auckland Council