Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Council commits to transport, open space, urban de

18 November 2004

Council commits to transport, open space, urban design

In the first formal discussions for the city’s annual plan, the Auckland City Council today confirmed its priorities and asked for more information from officers on how to fund them.

The Annual Plan Direction Setting meeting, a special meeting of the Finance and Corporate Business Committee, is held every year to start the annual planning process. All councillors have voting rights.

Committee chairperson, Councillor Vern Walsh says the meeting was an important first step for the new council to start work on its initial budget.

“Auckland City is in good financial shape but the city is facing some major infrastructure issues to meet the needs of the growing population,” he said. “Today we confirmed that the council must place a priority on transport, our open spaces, the character of our city and protecting our heritage.

“No decisions on rates have been made but we’ve asked officers to provide more information on the impacts of introducing new targeted rates to fund new initiatives in these vital areas,” said Mr Walsh.

The council also requested further work be undertaken on the financial implications of removing or reducing the Uniform Annual General Charge of $189 and the Uniform Waste Collection Charge of $129, and incorporating those charges into general rates.

Officers will report back at the next Annual Plan Direction Setting meeting on 9 December and again at the Combined Committees meeting in March. These discussions will form the basis of Auckland City’s budget for the next financial year, starting 1 July 2005. The draft annual plan and budget will be published in April 2005 for public consultation.

“Any rates increase will need to be very clearly justified to the people of Auckland and will be subject to consultation next year. I would like to reassure ratepayers that we will be carefully reviewing where we are spending money currently to ensure the focus is in the right areas,” said Mr Walsh.

Rating options, which the council has agreed require further work, include three new proposed citywide rates increases to fund:

- transport - a targeted rate of 5.5 per cent
- open space and volcanic cones - targeted rate of 1 per cent
- urban design and heritage protection - a rate increase of 0.5 per cent.


Timeline for Auckland City Council’s annual planning process
18 November 2004 First annual plan direction setting meeting
9 December 2004 Second annual plan direction setting meeting
9 March 2005 The combined committees of council meet to consider priorities and budget for the next financial year starting 1 July 2005.
April 2005 Draft Annual Plan published for public feedback .
May 2005 Public consultation ends.
June 2005 The council will hear verbal feedback on the Draft Annual Plan. The combined committees of council will meet to discuss and consider the public feedback and decide on the final plans.
July 2005 Final Annual Plan 2006 is published.

Ref: SMc

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Werewolf: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word. In reality, Peters will have power only up to the point that he uses it.

By next week, he’ll have become just another junior player in an MMP governing arrangement, battling to hold onto the gains he was promised. More>>


Rising Toll: Road Safety Needs To Be A Higher Priority

Official advice released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act shows that the previous National Government dismissed an option to make road safety its most important transport priority after being told the road toll was rising. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election