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Time running out to have your say on Auckland’s budget

Published: 13 March 2019

Aucklanders are being reminded to make sure they have their say on the council’s 2019/2020 Annual Budget before consultation closes on Sunday.

With only four days left to submit feedback, 2069 people have already had their say since the consultation opened on 17 February, this includes 1858 pieces of feedback received electronically, the most popular way to feedback.

Mayor Phil Goff urges people to be involved in the consultation.

“I strongly encourage Aucklanders to have their say on this year’s Annual Budget. It’s an opportunity to tell elected representatives what’s important to you, your family and community, and to help shape the future of our city.”

The main topics for consultation are:

  • Ratings exemptions for religious use properties
  • Introduction/cessation of some targeted rates
  • Increases to some fees to maintain cost recovery
  • proposed amendment to the 10-year Budget regarding property transfers

In addition to the annual budget, Aucklanders also have the chance to have their say on the future of Auckland’s water.

Water is a precious resource and we need to look after it.  We are seeking input and feedback from Aucklanders to help address water issues in our region.

Consultation on the 2019/2020 annual budget is open until 17 March 2019 and consultation on Our Water Future is open until 19 April 2019. Feedback can be given online at akhaveyoursay.nz, by emailing akhaveyoursay@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz or at one of the many events being run across the region.  Details of forthcoming events can be found at akhaveyoursay.nz.

Feedback forms and supporting information will also be available at libraries, local board offices and service centres, can be requested by emailing akhaveyoursay@aucklandconcil.govt.nz or calling 09 301 0101.

Following consultation, all feedback will be considered, and our Annual Budget 2019/2020 will be adopted in June.  Our decisions will be widely communicated, and a summary report will be available online.

The Annual Budget consultation closes on 17 March 2019 and the consultation on Our Water Future closes on 19 April 2019.