Councillor Pippa Coom is urging residents across the Waitematā and Gulf ward to have their say on Auckland Council’s Emergency Budget 2020/21.
The once in a lifetime impact of COVID-19 has put a half a billion-dollar hole in the council’s income forecast which will mean some incredibly tough decisions ahead.
“We are now faced with hard decisions to balance our budget, while continuing to support our region, in the next financial year. So, for the first time ever, we are consulting on an Emergency Budget,” says Councillor Coom.
“Decisions made will affect all Aucklanders and the impact will be felt in Waitematā and the Gulf.
“There are a number of key projects in the pipeline across the ward, each of significant importance to local communities. We have to prioritise and focus on how best to rebuild from the COVID-19 crisis, so we really want to hear what is important.”
“Overall, our challenge is deciding how to respond to a massive reduction in Auckland Council’s revenue while maintaining the services Aucklanders need and value the most, continuing capital investment and retaining local jobs to stimulate the economic recovery.
“The Emergency Budget consultation document discussed the advantages and disadvantages of either a 2.5 per cent or 3.5 per cent rates rise and sets out in detail what each option would mean for ratepayers, for local communities and the future of our entire region.”
“Additionally, we’re proposing a rates postponement scheme to help people financially impacted by COVID-19.
“We need to have a robust debate about the budget because we all have a part to play in Auckland’s future and an opportunity to work towards a healthier, more resilient and prosperous Auckland for everyone.
Consultation is open now until 19 June. Visit Akhaveyoursay.nz/emergency-budget to have your say.