Council getting ready to approve next step in 2014/2015 Annual Plan
Today the Auckland Council (finally) released the Budget Committee agenda for this month. This particular session of the Budget Committee is important as it will make any amendments and pass the final recommendations (via the vote) on the Annual Plan 2014/15 before it goes to the Governing Body for “authorisation.” The Annual Plan is the annual budget document setting out the 12 months of expenditure and revenue for the Council and the Council Controlled Organisations – the CCO’s.
The Budget Committee meets at 9:30am in the usual place in Town Hall this Thursday. I will be there Tweeting live on the proceedings on the day through @BenRoss_AKL.
The Budget Committee – May 2014 – Agenda can be read below. Please note if you wish to download the PDF it is 27MB in size
Of significant note from the agenda paper
- 1,967 submissions (Unitary Plan has 9,000 on last check)
- 2.4 percent average rates increase proposed although this can go up if cost pressures boil over
- Auckland Transport contributes to $15.6m budget shortfall owing to lower public transport revenue and lower parking revenue
- Auckland Transport Statement of Intent has revised rail patronage down 15% while bus patronage is revised down 7.5% (see page 221 of the agenda)
- Auckland Transport has deferred $50 of capital expenditure for the cycle
- Annual Plan reflects the $83m special dividend from Auckland International Airport which has been used to pay down debt
- Local Boards have put in a range of funding requests
- Most submitters not very thrilled with financial strategy of the Council
- Papakura Local Board specifically advocates to Auckland Transport for the Manukau South Rail Line, while Otara/Papatoetoe Local Board advocate or rather imply for the Manukau Super Metropolitan Centre
Over Tuesday and Wednesday I will go into the details of some of the key issues from the Budget Committee paper.