Tuesday, 23rd June, 2015
A 10-year Auckland Council Plan that takes average household rates to 9.9 percent is not ‘fit for purpose.’
“It is a total nonsense for councillors to abstain in a situation in which Auckland Council has clearly failed to show that they have done all they could to control costs and manage the Council efficiently,” says Auckland Chamber head Michael Barnett.
“Every business, every household are expected to manage their spending to what they can afford.
“If Aucklanders knew that Council had done everything possible to trim their budget to keep the rate rise to a level close to what households and small businesses could reasonably afford, it might be possible to excuse councillors wanting to abstain,” said Mr Barnett.
“Allowing a 10-year plan to pass with less than half of Auckland councillors in support shows failed leadership and a breach of trust with rate payers.”
Aucklanders want a long-term plan that is fit for purpose and gives confidence that council’s affairs are being managed prudently and efficiently – “there should be no abstaining”, concluded Mr Barnett.
Auckland Councillors are scheduled to vote to adopt the new budget and strike the rates for 2015-16 on Thursday.