Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Budget Balances Savings with Ongoing Investment In Auckland

Media release

6 May 2012
 
Budget Balances Savings with Ongoing Investment In Auckland
 
Auckland Council will this week consider its budget for the 2013/14 year.
 
Council’s Strategy and Finance Committee will meet on Thursday to make decisions on proposals consulted on earlier this year as part of its draft Annual Plan.
 
The plan includes a capital programme of close to $1.7 billion across the council group, including council-controlled organisations (CCOs).
 
The capital programme includes:
 
·  $729 million for service level improvements including upgrades to local parks, arts and recreational facilities, upgrades to transport, water and stormwater infrastructure

·   $524 million to maintain our assets within the proposed capital programme

·   $424 million to expand the city’s infrastructure to support our growing population.
 
In addition, the organisation is investing more than $3.2 billion a year on business operations.  For the coming year this includes:

·   increased funding for volcanic cones, regional community events and groups

·   an additional $8 million of capacity within our operating budget to support a number of worthwhile investment proposals.
The organisation is also building strong communities with investment in local libraries, parks, recreation, arts and cultural facilities planned for the next year.
 
The draft plan also includes proposals to reduce costs to ratepayers. Council plans to deliver more than $64 million of new ongoing operating savings for 2012/2013 and 2013/2014, in addition to the $81 million of efficiency savings delivered since the first year of the new council.
 
Other proposals include increasing the proportion of costs recovered through user pays charges for some services.
 
The Mayor will present his final budget proposal to councillors for their consideration at the meeting. The final annual plan needs to be adopted and rates set in June.

New fees and charges will come in to effect from 1 July.
 
ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

South Island Flooding: Focus Moves To Recovery

As water recedes throughout flood-impacted areas of the South Island, Minister of Civil Defence Nathan Guy has praised the efforts of those who were involved in the response to the flooding.

“Civil Defence Emergency Management Groups have acted proactively and decisively to keep people and property out of harm’s way,” says Mr Guy. More>>

 

Employers Pleased: Reports Of Govt Backdown On Low-Wage Immigration

MEA: We are pleased to hear that the Government is planning to review incoming immigration changes with a specific focus on how they will affect the regions. Effectively addressing skills shortages in manufacturing and other sectors needs to remain a core part of our immigration system ... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Ch-Ch-Changes At IRD

Job cuts aren’t happening at the IRD, exactly. Instead, there’s apparently a ‘transformation’ in store, and jobs won’t be axed ; no, they will be ‘transformed’ before our eyes into… non-jobs, if you happen to be among the unlucky legion of 1,900 who are being lined up for transformation... More>>

ALSO:

Christchurch Mental Health: Hospital Too 'Awful' For Reviewers To Visit

Jonathan Coleman has to stop the stalling over a new building for mental health services in Christchurch to replace the quake damaged Princess Margaret Hospital, says Labour’s Health spokesperson David Clark... More>>

ALSO:

Greens Call For Govt Action: Children Sick Because Of NZ Housing

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians president-elect said today that children with preventable respiratory illnesses are being re-admitted to hospital because they're being sent back to cold, damp homes. More>>

ALSO:

Less Tax Cut, More Spending: Labour Launches Fiscal Plan

“Labour will invest $8 billion more in health, $4 billion more in education and $5 billion more for Kiwi families through Working for Families, Best Start and the Winter Energy Payment than the Budget 2017 projections for the forecast period.” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Greens’ Room For Political Pragmatism

The Greens here are currently being criticized by the commentariat for not making the same kind of pragmatic choices that sunk the Democrats in Australia. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election
 
 
 
  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog