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


Annual plan direction setting meeting

Annual plan direction setting meeting

Auckland city councillors will meet on 12 December to begin the annual review of the council's budget and activities for the next financial year. These decisions will have a direct impact on rates the council will set for the next financial year.

“We are working hard to honour our commitment to Aucklanders of keeping rates to the council’s level of inflation,” says Councillor Doug Armstrong, chairperson of the Finance and Strategy Committee and the annual plan direction setting meeting.

“The majority of Auckland City Council’s expenditure is in its capital works programme and

we will be looking hard at the timing of these projects to ensure there is affordable progress.”

“Even a slowed-down works programme will still see us investing around $380 million in the city over the next year in important areas like the ongoing upgrade of footpaths and roads, progressing the redevelopment of the Auckland Art Gallery, stormwater system upgrades and maintaining our infrastructure.”

The council’s rate of inflation is 4.8 per cent for the year 2008/2009. This reflects the costs to the council of things like the labour market, building materials, interest rates, depreciation and fuel.

“We will also consider reports that review options for revenue other than rates, such as increased fees and charges, uniform charges and additional funding from central government,” says Mr Armstrong.

“We want to ensure that people who benefit most from what we do contribute fairly to the funding of it.”

“At the meeting we will also review the charitable payments from Metrowater,” he says.

People will have an opportunity to give their feedback on any changes to the projects and budget in April when the council publishes its draft annual plan.

In June, the council will consider the public's feedback and will finalise the annual plan and the level of rates for the next financial year.


What When Why
Annual plan direction setting 12 December Councillors will review officers’ information reports about the budget and planned projects.

Councillors can request more information on certain areas which will be presented to the Combined Committees meeting in March or at relevant committees in the interim.
Combined Committees 1 March The Combined Committees of council review further refined reports from officers.
They decide on the proposals to be included in the draft annual plan for public feedback.
Draft annual plan out for public feedback 20 April – 20 May The draft annual plan and submission forms are published.

Combined Committees 2 June The Combined Committees consider the public feedback on the draft annual plan and finalised the budget and plan for the next financial year.
Final annual plan July The final annual plan is published.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Why The Greens Shouldn’t Join The Government

We know she’s a miracle worker, but can Jacinda Ardern really find a cure for capitalism? Tough job. Especially when Ardern is being expected to fix the effects of capitalism – child poverty, unaffordable housing, social inequality – without radically changing the economic structures that keep on generating those outcomes. Unfortunately, Ardern and her Finance Minister Grant Robertson are not by temperament (or by ideology) radical, risk taking politicians... More>>


PSA: Labour-Led Government Has Mandate For Transformation, Equality And Transparency

The Public Service Association welcomes the progressive electoral landslide New Zealand voters delivered on Saturday, and the union says its members look forward to implementing policies that reduce poverty and inequality, support affordable housing ... More>>


Poll: Labour On 46%, National 31%, While Greens And ACT Both On 8%

Tonight's political poll puts Labour on 46 percent and National on 31 percent with just one day remaining until election day. More>>


NZ First: Winston Peters Returns To Tauranga In Final Campaign Sprint

NZ First leader Winston Peters is on the final campaign sprint after a marathon tour of the whole country as he fights for his political survival, writes Jo Moir. More>>


Election: Labour Releases Full Manifesto

The Labour Party Manifesto sets the ongoing COVID recovery as the top priority for Government. More>>


Stats NZ: New Report Shows Significant Changes To New Zealand’s Climate

Climate change is already happening in New Zealand and could have a profound impact on future generations of New Zealanders, a new report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ says. Our atmosphere and climate 2020 , released today, includes analysis ... More>>


Judith Collins: Obese People Must Take Responsibility For 'personal Choices'

National Party leader Judith Collins has described obesity as a weakness and says people should not 'blame systems for personal choices'. More>>

Māori Party: Poll Reveals Tamihere On Cusp Of Historic Māori Movement Election Victory

John Tamihere’s election campaign is on the rise and on track to return the Māori Party to parliament, a new Māori TV poll has revealed. The poll released on 11 October during the seventh and final Māori TV Maori Electoral campaign coverage has Tamihere ... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Four-Year Terms Of Parliament, And On How The US Courts Are Dismantling Democracy

Last week, the issue of four-year parliamentary terms surfaced again. Infuriatingly, it is being discussed purely in terms of its convenience for political parties. They’d get so much more time to enact their policies, free of scrutiny or sanction by voters ... More>>





InfoPages News Channels