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

 

City to hear new issue before plans are finalised

MEDIA RELEASE

18 June 2005


City to hear new issue before plans are finalised

Auckland City’s combined committees will need to consider a new key issue next week when they meet to make final decisions about the city’s draft budget and plans for the next financial year.

A new report from officers will include options for funding the combined Aotea Square and Civic Underground Carpark projects.

“Officers will be presenting recommendations for funding this new priority which will include the longer-term financial impacts,” said David Rankin, chief executive designate of Auckland City.

Councillor Vern Walsh, chairperson of the Finance and Corporate Business Committee says, “This will result in a significant cost to council and we will need to carefully consider the financial impacts of integrating the Aotea Square upgrade project with the necessary work that is required on the Civic Underground Carpark.”

“We will look at a recommendation from officers to spend $6.4 million to begin work to coordinate the two projects to ensure the area is able to take its place as Auckland’s premiere civic square,” he said.


The Mayor of Auckland City, Dick Hubbard says, “This is now the last step in the annual planning process. We have listened to people’s submissions on the draft annual plan and will consider these, along with the officers reports and recommendations.

“We are preparing for some good discussion and debate before we make the tough decisions about how best to put rates into action.”

Auckland City received 554 submissions to the draft annual plan, covering some 2400 issues. This compares to 669 submissions received on the long-term council community plan last year.

The proposed budget includes a 9.7 per cent rates increase including 2.7 per cent inflation and four new targeted rates. The money from these new rates will be ring-fenced to fund these key areas:

Transport: an extra $14 million a year from a new five per cent targeted rate (which should attract an extra $17 million in extra transport subsidies from central government).

Open spaces and volcanic cones: an additional $2.8 million a year raised from a new one per cent targeted rate.

Urban design and heritage: an extra $1.4 million per year raised from the new 0.5 per cent targeted rate.

Community development and housing: new funding of $1.4 million from a new 0.5 per cent targeted rate.

The meeting of the combined committees on 23 -24 June will discuss and confirm the annual plan and budget which will be published at the end of July.

All reports will be available online at www.aucklandcity.govt.nz/annual plan from Monday 20 June 2005.


Ends


Reports that will be discussed at the combined committees meeting on 23 – 24 June 2005 include the following issues:

Progressing the Aotea Square upgrade and the Civic Underground Carpark repair project to the value of $73 million with an initial investment of $6.4 million
Options for recovering the increased costs of the refuse collection service
$850,000 to fund an extended rates assistance scheme for people on low fixed incomes
Funding of $523,000, in addition to the $1.4 million from the targeted rate for heritage and urban design, to implement the action plan of the Mayoral Task Force on Urban Design
Increasing funding for the Auckland Philharmonia to the tune of $200,000
Increasing funding for the Black Grace dance group from $10,000 to $50,000
Additional funding of $500,000 to retain and grow major events in the city
Bringing forward invoicing and payment of rates instalments by one month

FACT SHEET
18 June 2005


Summary of annual plan consultation

Auckland City received 558 submissions to its Draft Annual Plan 2005/2006 (with 2446 different issues raised)

Of those who submitted, 159 people made verbal submissions at hearings on 7 - 9 June and as a result councillors requested 79 additional reports from officers.

While the submissions covered a range of topics, many related to these key issues:
growth – 75 issues raised
general transport issues – 107 issues raised
general rates issues – 313 issues raised
targeted rates – 178 issues raised
open spaces and volcanic cones – 101 issues raised
heritage and urban design – 79 issues raised
development contributions – 81 issues raised
housing – 137 issues raised.

Submissions about the four priority areas and the targeted rates in the draft annual plan were divided.

Submissions that raised the issue of the targeted rates in general were equal (12 support 12 oppose)

Some 37 submissions supported Auckland City’s transport policy and planning, 34 opposed. More submitters objected (31) to a targeted transport rate than supported it (14).

More submissions supported the targeted rates for open spaces and volcanic cones and heritage and urban design than opposed them (14 – 10 and 10 - 8 respectively)

Having a targeted rate for community development was supported (5 – 1) but there were some concerns raised by 21 submitters about this funding being partly used for housing.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Veronika Meduna: The Kaikoura Rebuild

A Scoop Foundation Investigation

Friday will be a big day for people north of Kaikōura – and for hundreds of construction workers who are racing to reopen State Highway 1 in time for the holiday season.

By the afternoon, the South Island’s main transport corridor will be open to traffic again, more than a year after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake mangled bridges and tunnels, twisted rail tracks and buried sections of the road under massive landslides. More>>

 

BPS HYEFU WYSIWYG: Labour's Budget Plans, Families Package

“Today we are announcing the full details of the Government’s Families Package. This is paid for by rejecting National’s tax cuts and instead targeting spending at those who need it most. It will lift 88,000 children out of poverty by 2021." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Defence Spending, Alabama, And Dolly Parton

The spending lavished on Defence projects to meet the risks that could maybe, possibly, theoretically face New Zealand in future is breath-taking, given how successive governments have been reluctant to spend even a fraction of those amounts on the nation’s actual social needs. More>>

ALSO:

Members' Bills: End Of Life Choice Bill Passes First Reading

The End of Life Choice Bill in the name of David Seymour has been sent to a select committee for consideration by 76 votes to 44. It is the third time Parliament has voted on the issue in recent decades and the first time such a Bill has made it over the first hurdle. More>>

ALSO:

State Sector: MPI Survives Defrag Of Portfolios

The Ministry for Primary Industries will not be split under the new government, but will instead serve as an overarching body for four portfolio-based entities focused on fisheries, forestry, biosecurity and food safety. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Vulnerable Kids, RNZ Funding, And Poppy

The decision to remove the word ‘vulnerable’ from the Ministry for Vulnerable Children could well mark a whole shift in approach to the care of children in need... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages