Auckland Council Emergency Budget for 2020-2021.


Please endeavour to send in your feedback on these considerations prior to 19th June. Feedback can be made on-line at Emergency Budget 2020/2021 Consultation.

Background

Auckland Council has had to propose drastic measures to manage a funding shortfall from the effects of the Covid 19 pandemic. It is estimated that the Auckland region will lose $500 million in revenue over 2020-2021 due to less travel and trade through our ports and airport, and greatly reduced economic activity. Auckland Council has proposed an emergency budget which will involve deep cuts to services and capital projects. It has asked Aucklanders to submit their views on the budget and in particular respond to the proposal of a change in the planned rate increase for the next 12 months.

PFK acknowledges the significant challenge to the Auckland region due to Covid 19, though is concerned about risks to the environment in the Kaipātiki area with the reduction of funding of some key projects.

Auckland usually receives 40% of its revenue through rates. A planned rates increase of 3.5% in the current financial year will not be enough to cover the funding shortfall from the pandemic. Auckland Council is seeking feedback on whether to continue with the 3.5% rates increase or reduce this to 2.5% which would involve a major reduction in services and planned infrastructure projects.

According to the Council’s budget documents the impact on the average residential ratepayer in Kaipātiki with a rate increase of 3.5% instead of 2.5% will only be a difference of 44 cents per week or $23.04 for the year.

PFK supports the continuation of the 3.5% rate increase though has concerns that even with this outcome the proposed reductions in spending will have a serious impact on the natural environment of the Kaipātiki region.

We would encourage our members and supporters of Auckland’s natural environment to submit to Council their support for the 3.5% rates increase and to raise the following concerns with the proposed cuts.