Mark Thomas - New Mayor for Auckland

You can’t just pick the feedback you like

Today’s Council Finance committee considers how Long Term Plan feedback drove decisions for the extra transport spending (the table below showed submitters asking for more investment in public transport and cycling). While more spending in these areas is positive, two other tables/graphs from LTP feedback didn’t appear in Budget decision making papers. These show and overwhelming number of people wanted reductions in the Governance and Economic and Cultural parts of council and 80% of submitters wanted a rates increase below 3.5%. Spending in both of these areas has increased and rates will rise by 9.9% for residential ratepayers on average. Ratepayers will rightly wonder why some significant feedback was adopted but other feedback ignored.

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