Consultation will begin next year
The Mayor presented his Annual Plan 2016/2017 to the Council Finance and Performance Committee today. The Annual Plan will be workshopped by Council (and most likely alongside with the Local Boards) before going out to public consultation next year and becoming operative July 1, 2016. The Annual Plan is a legal document that sets the Council Budget that allows Rates collection and Council expenditure (much like Government’s Budget for taxation and expenditure).
From the Office of the Mayor Len Brown
Mayor delivers Annual Plan Proposal
Mayor Len Brown says the 2016-2017 Auckland Council Annual Plan should focus on financial stability while delivering on council decisions.
The Mayor delivered his proposal on the plan – essentially the proposed council budget for 2016-2017 – to the Finance and Performance Committee this morning.
“Having been through a major review of service and investment levels as part of the 2015-25 Long-term Plan process, and having had several years of significant change in our rating system from amalgamation, this Annual Plan is about stability and delivering on our decisions,” says Mayor Brown.
“Projected rate increases and debt have been reduced significantly in the current LTP from previous projections. Core costs are tracking below the 2009 levels on a per capita basis and investment in the assets that current and future Aucklanders need and will need continues at an unprecedented level.”
Mayor Brown adds the net result of the reduction in operating costs, as well as the capital programme, will allow Auckland Council to continue to address the challenges of growth and improving the city’s transport infrastructure.
A capital programme of $1.9 billion includes a transport programme of $720 million, water and wastewater of $440 million and investment in parks, sport and recreation of $170 million.
“The rates increase included in the LTP for year two based on this capital works programme and continuation of our day to day services at current levels is 3.2 per cent. However I would like to see this reduced to something close to 2.5 per cent.
“I am not proposing we consult on any further reductions to service levels but I am asking staff continue to scrutinise our costs, particularly those macro issues of inflation and interest rates.”
A shortlist of rating policy issues for consultation with the community has been drawn up following discussions with the Finance and Performance Committee:
- The Uniform Annual General Charge changing within a range of $350-$650
- An option of the Interim Transport Levy to collect more from the business sector (in line with the general rate) and reduce the imposition on other ratepayers. This option would:
- Increase the share of the interim transport levy to be met by businesses from 14.7% to 32.7% for 2016/17 and 32.3% for 2017/18
- Share the business interim transport levy among business on the basis of capital value rather than a fixed charge
- An extensive piece of work has been carried out by staff looking at the options for the rating of Maori Freehold Land
- An option that rates for farms over 50 hectares be reduced and reallocated across the entire rating base
- The targeted rate for septic tank replacement to be extended from the existing “retrofit your home” scheme to include the replacement of septic tanks in in specific pilot areas -West Coast lagoons and Waiheke’s Little Oneroa.
The Mayoral Proposal will be considered by the Governing Body on 17 December 2015.
The 2016/17 programme continues to address the challenges of growth Auckland is facing, including transport infrastructure.
The programme builds on progress Auckland Council has made and Aucklanders will continue to see advances in a number of projects including:
- The start of construction of the City Rail Link
- New public transport interchanges at Manukau, Otahuhu, Te Atatu, and Pukekohe and major improvements to integral transport corridors Lincoln Road and Te Atatu Road
- An upgrade of the Tamaki Drive and Ngapipi Rd intersection
- Stage Two of the Silverdale park’n’ride
- Using increased availability of government funding to continue to rollout more cycleways
- Rolling out organic bins and an organics processing facility
- Developing the Ormiston Town Centre at Flat Bush and upgrading the Pukekohe Town Centre
- Building the Westgate library and community centre, the Albany Stadium pool, the Warkworth showgrounds and the Waiuku Sports Park
- Redevelopment of the Pioneer Women’s and Ellen Melville Hall and Freyberg Square
- Upgrading Myers Park and the Wynyard Quarter innovation precinct and the development of the Westhaven Marina Village.
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Annual Plan 2016/2017 factsheet
Each year, all councils are required to set out their plans, service levels and budgets for the coming year.
Once every three years, councils are required to adopt a ten-year budget (Long-term Plan (LTP)), and in the intervening years an Annual Plan.
In Auckland, the Annual Plan also includes local board agreements for our 21 local boards, and sets the regions rates each year.
The Annual Plan 2016/2017 will cover the second year of the current LTP.
For 2016/2017, the LTP sets out $1.9 billion of investment on new assets as well as looking after existing ones, and an operating budget of $3.7 billion which pays for day-to-day services such as maintaining roads and running libraries.
Aucklanders will see this investment in a number of areas, from projects spanning multiple years such as the City Rail Link (CRL) and Auckland Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative (AMETI), through to improvements in council services, grants for environmental projects, new community centres, libraries and sportsfields across the region.
The process and timing
Mayor’s proposal: 10 December 2015
Following workshops with elected members and proposals from the Finance and Performance committee recommending items for consultation, Mayor Len Brown will submit his proposal for consultation to the Finance and Performance committee.
Agree consultation items: 17 December 2015
Following the Mayor’s proposal, council will agree on the final items for consultation at a meeting of the Governing Body.
Adopt consultation document and supporting information: 10 February 2016
Following agreement of consultation items, council staff will prepare a consultation document that will be used to inform Aucklanders on the issues the council is seeking feedback on. This will be finalised at a Governing Body meeting.
Public consultation: 15 February – 15 March 2016
After the consultation document is agreed in January 2016, the public will have an opportunity to give council their views during a formal consultation period. Aucklanders will be able to provide feedback in a number of ways – online, via post, using social media and in person at one of our ‘Have Your Say’ events.
Analysis and reporting – March-April 2016
Once the consultation closes, feedback will be coded, analysed and briefing papers prepared. Elected members will briefed on the feedback and have the opportunity to discuss the feedback received to help shape decisions.
Final Annual Plan adopted: June 2016
In June 2015 council’s Governing Body will adopt the Annual Plan 2016/2017 and set rate levels for 2016/2017.
Annual Plan 2016-17 Mayors Proposal (including some “Mythbusting”)
The Annual Plan will be debated again at the Governing Body next week