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

 


Have your say on council’s draft annual plan

Media release
23 January 2013


Have your say on council’s draft annual plan


How Auckland Council plans to continues to create the world’s most liveable city in an affordable way is outlined in its draft annual plan. Now the council wants to know what Aucklanders think.

Submissions open this week on the draft Annual Plan 2013/2014, the annual budget detailing on what the council plans to do over the next 12 months, as well as areas we are looking to make further efficiencies and savings.

Feedback is also sought on the local priorities and projects raised by the local boards.

For next year, the council is proposing average rates increase of 2.9 per cent, lower than the forecast 4.8 per cent in its Long-term Plan 2012-2022.

This has been achieved by proposing minor service reductions, increasing the proportion of costs recovered from service users for some fees and reducing corporate costs.

The draft annual plan aims to maintain the momentum established through the Auckland Plan and Long-term Plan.

Among the key proposals are:
• increasing the proportion of costs recovered from dog, food premise inspection fees, so as to reduce the amount of rates used to cover these
• standardising mooring and hairdressing fees
• introducing a first inspection fee for swimming pool fence inspections and reducing subsequent inspection fees
• increasing regional park bach and campground fees and
• no longer mowing berms in the former Auckland City Council area to bring it in line with all other parts of Auckland – saving ratepayers $3 million a year
• ending free digital music download services (Freegal) at libraries – saving of $200,000 a year
• contributing to the funding for stage two development of the TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre through the proceeds of the sale of adjacent land.

Submissions on Auckland Council’s draft Annual Plan open 24 January and close Monday, 25 February 2013.

Local boards will also be holding community engagement meetings throughout the consultation period.

For more information, including documents, to make a submission or details on local board events go to www.aucklancouncil.govt.nz/annualplan

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

2040 Target And Lower Standards: “Swimmable” Rivers Five Times More Likely To Make You Sick

Forest & Bird has condemned the government’s new water quality standards, warning New Zealanders that they lock in current levels of water pollution and allow for a 5-fold increase in the chance of getting sick from swimming in a river.

“Despite an explicit assurance from Minister Smith that the new water standards would provide for human and ecosystem health, he has failed to deliver on either of these things,” says Forest & Bird CEO Kevin Hague. More>>

ALSO:

 
 

Immigration: Clampdown On Rogue Employers Good First Step

The Human Trafficking Research Coalition is pleased at the new clampdown on rouge employers who exploit migrants announced by Minister Woodhouse this morning, and believes this is a step in the right direction. More>>

ALSO:

Mayor: 750 New Social And Affordable Homes For Wellington (Over A Decade)

The next stage of Wellington’s Housing Upgrade Programme will see at least 750 new units of social and affordable housing built over the next decade, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>

ALSO:

22/2: Christchurch Quake Memorial Unveiled

A city, a region, a nation and an international community impacted by the Canterbury Earthquakes will come together to mark the sixth anniversary of the deadly quake and dedicate Oi Manawa Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial. More>>

ALSO:


November Quakes:

Gordon Campbell: On The Mana-Maori Party Deal

If the self-interest involved wasn’t so blatant, the electorate deal between the Maori Party and Hone Harawira would be kind of poignant. It’s a bit like seeing the remaining members of Guns’n’Roses or the Eagles back on the road touring the nostalgia circuit… playing all the old hits of Maori unity and kaupapa Maori politics. More>>

ALSO:

Private Provision: First Social Bond To Focus On Mental Health

New Zealand’s first social bond will help around 1700 people with mental illness into work, Finance Minister Steven Joyce and Social Investment Minister Amy Adams say. More>>

ALSO:

Immigration: Short Reprieve For Nine Indian Students

A temporary hold on deportations of nine Indian students is a step in the right direction but the Government urgently needs to implement safeguards to stop further injustices to more international students, the Green Party says. More>>

EARLIER:


Megaupload Case: High Court Rules Dotcom, Co-Accused Eligible For Extradion

Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom and his three co-accused are eligible for extradition to the United States, New Zealand's High Court ruled... Justice Murray Gilbert upheld a decision by the District Court that there were grounds for Dotcom, Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk and Finn Batato to be extradited. More>>

ALSO:

PREVIOUSLY:

Port Hills Fire: Midday Update, Monday 20 February

• 9 homes destroyed
• 2 homes with partial damage. Damage includes things like cracked windows, heat damage.
• 3 properties with damage to other external structures e.g sheds or outbuildings More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news