Submission time opens for council's draft plan

Submissions on Auckland Council's draft Annual Plan for 2013-2014 opened on January 24.

The annual budget details the work the council plans to undertake and where costs are expected to be reduced over the next 12 months.

The council is proposing average rates increases of 2.9 per cent, lower than the forecast 4.8 per cent in its Long-term Plan 2012-2022.

The proposals include standardising mooring fees; standardising hairdresser licence fees; introducing a first inspection fee for swimming pool fence inspections and reducing subsequent inspection fees; and increasing the fees at regional park bachs and campgrounds.

The council says it will save ratepayers $3 million a year by no longer mowing berms in central Auckland, the former Auckland City Council area (East & Bays Courier, November 14, 2012).

Community engagement meetings will be held at local boards throughout the consultation period to seek feedback on local priorities and projects.

Orakei councillor Cameron Brewer says: "Have your say on the proposed rates increases; the low Uniform Annual General Charge; debt; increases in regulatory fees; the plan to spend up to $30m on a whitewater rafting facility in Manukau; not to mention supporting your local board and their proposed budgets and plans.

"Get a copy of one of these draft annual plan summaries or check out the council's website."

Submissions on Auckland Council's draft Annual Plan close on February 25.

Go to to make a submission or phone 301 0101 for more information.

East And Bays Courier