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Don't forget the principle of affordability, Len

Don't forget the principle of affordability, Len

C&R leader Christine Fletcher and key independent councillors have implored Mayor Len Brown and fellow councillors to not forget the principle of affordability in tomorrow's governing body meeting to adopt the Auckland Plan.

"The Auckland Plan is a far-reaching, profound document for our city. But with all its grand plans for the future, it is missing one critical principle - that of affordability for Auckland's residents and ratepayers", said Cr Fletcher.

"That's why I will be proposing an amendment by way of addition that the Auckland Plan does have regard to affordability as a principle. It's simply not good enough for us as politicians to impose a wishlist of spending and visionary statements that will impact on future ratepayers and residents. For example, the Auckland Plan represents a 30 year program of spending, but as politicians, we only have provided a 10 year long term plan for budgeting", said Cr Fletcher.

"Including an amendment to have affordability as a principle for Aucklanders over the next 30 years means that residents and ratepayers can have confidence that they won't be priced out of living in Auckland. There are many people in Auckland who are on fixed incomes, or who will be on fixed incomes over time. They need the certainty of knowing they won't be financially hurt to live in Auckland", said Cr Fletcher.

"I am pleased that this amendment will have the support of the C&R bloc and key independent councillors. I hope it meets favour with an overall council majority as well", said Cr Fletcher.


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