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Draft Annual Plan submissions close next week

Draft Annual Plan submissions close next week

There is just one week to go before submissions to Auckland City Council’s Draft Annual Plan 2004 close. Public submissions close at 5pm on Thursday, 22 May 2003.

The draft annual plan tells the public what the council wants to achieve over the 2004 financial year and how much it will cost to achieve it.

The chairperson of the council’s Finance and Corporate Business Committee, Councillor Douglas Armstrong, says the draft annual plan’s month-long community consultation period, including an extensive public communications campaign and community presentations encouraging submissions, is nearing its end.

“The community presentations have allowed the council to discuss its plans with interested members of the public and invite submissions on the draft annual plan.

“The council has received 280 submissions so far. I encourage residents and ratepayers who have not already provided the council with feedback to do so before next Thursday.

“This is the public’s opportunity to tell us what they think we should do about Auckland’s transport problems, how they think our streets should look, what we should do about our rapid growth and the way council set rates.

The Draft Annual Plan 2004 and an easy to read summary is available at http:// http://www.aucklandcity.govt.nz. Submission forms are available:

online at http:// http://www.aucklandcity.govt.nz inside the Draft Annual Plan 2004 document at all Auckland City libraries and service centres.

The council also has a dedicated “hotline” should members of the public have any questions, or would like more information, about the draft annual plan. The telephone number is (09) 379 2037.

Once submissions have closed, people can attend hearings to explain their submissions. Council staff will analyse the submissions and councillors will then decide the spending and policy priorities for the 2004 financial year. These decisions will be published in the final annual plan on 31 July.

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