The State of Council before the Elections
Auckland Council as per the Local Government Act has released its very first Pre-Election report for your consumption.
Auckland Council has today issued its very first pre-election report.
A new requirement of all councils under the Local Government Act from this year, the pre-election report is prepared by the local authority’s chief executive and must be politically independent.
“The purpose of a pre-election report under the Act is for councils to provide information to promote public discussion about the issues a council faces ahead of the local body elections, so voters can make more informed choices,” says Doug McKay, Auckland Council Chief Executive.
The Auckland Council Pre-Election Report 2013, prepared to meet the requirements of the Act, includes financial results for the three financial years immediately preceding the date of the election and latest projections for the three years immediately after.
The report includes a forecasted result for 2012/2013 year; given the final audited financial results for this period will not be reported to council until September 2013.
The report is prepared on a group basis, including council-controlled organisations, and covers operating expenditure, major projects and capital expenditure, debt projections and rates projections for 2014-2017.
You can read the Report HERE (opens in new tab)
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