Efficiency, Value for Money, Social Procurement! When it comes to the Coin especially Public Coin there is a certain amount of Ownership, responsibility and most of all leading from the … Continue reading Leading by Example: Candidate Collins Wants Council to Laser Focus on the Cost of Living
Using Public Transport Could Save You Money
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More to the Council Finances than Bernard’s Holes I notice our resident Herald journalist Bernard Orsman has dropped another doom, gloom and sky is falling piece over the … Continue reading Budget Redux
Continued Efficiency Savings at the Council
More Efficiency Savings
From Auckland Council:
Amalgamation benefits boost council savings
Improved economies of scale from the amalgamation of the eight local authorities have helped Auckland Council maintain services at reduced cost, says a council report on efficiency savings.
Average rates increases have reduced year on year from previously anticipated rises while capital works are nearly double that of the former councils.
Annual operating savings to June 2013 were $131million and are budgeted to be $188million by June 2018.
Savings have come from benefits including:
- simpler and better information technology
- better purchasing and tendering processes
- bringing more work in-house to reduce reliance on external resources
- reducing the number of office buildings occupied.
“The benefits of amalgamation become more evident with each year,” said Councillor Penny Webster, chair of the Finance and Performance Committee.
“We’re running a ruler over everything we do as we manage ratepayers money. That’s what is expected of us and we are delivering savings while pressing ahead with projects that will make the city a .better place for residents to live in, enjoy, and prosper,” she said.
You can read both the Finance and Performance Committee Agenda, and Addendum Agenda (which contains the motions on disposing of the Civic Building mentioned here: Future Uncertain for Civic Building)
Todd Niall Hits the Budget Nail on its Head
Yes we seem to be waiting for the big one Radio New Zealand’s Auckland Correspondent Todd Niall penned a piece this morning on the rather low Annual Plan … Continue reading Todd Niall Hits the Budget Nail on its Head
Time to Talk Finances
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Credit Rating Drops – Mayor is Toast
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