Key proposals to recover costs and keep rates down are included in the Auckland Council's draft annual plan.
They include increasing the proportion of costs recovered from dog fees and food premise inspection fees, standardising mooring and hairdressing fees, introducing a first inspection fee for swimming pool fence inspections and reducing subsequent inspection fees, increasing regional park bach and campground fees and no longer mowing berms in the former Auckland City Council area to bring it in line with all other parts of Auckland - saving ratepayers $3 million a year.
It also proposes to end free digital music download services (Freegal) at libraries - saving $200,000 a year.
An average rates increase of 2.9 per cent is proposed.
Now the council wants to know what Aucklanders think.
Submissions close on February 25. Feedback is also sought on priorities and projects raised by local boards, which will be holding community meetings.
Visit aucklancouncil.govt.nz/annualplan for information.
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