Auckland is increasingly in demand as a place to live, work and play.
But our growing population is putting pressure on housing, transport and the services the council provides to support our city. This in turn puts more pressure on ratepayers.
We need to find new and smarter ways to pay for the investments Auckland needs – in roads, transport and other infrastructure. We need to do this without crippling ratepayers with exorbitant rates rises as they have experienced over the last 6 years. At the last Finance and Performance Committee, I called for an amendment to the mayoral annual plan consultation document to include seeking other operational revenue streams to minimise the impact for ratepayers
This was agreed to by the mayor who has included it in his Annual Plan proposal for consultation and was endorsed at the final governing body meeting for the year.