Rates rise set at 2.4 per cent in draft plan

Last updated 05:00 20/02/2014

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An average 2.4 per cent rates rise is among a range of fees and charges proposed in the Auckland Council's draft annual plan, for which public submissions close on Monday.

Mayor Len Brown says Aucklanders have made it clear they want financial prudence, so he is focusing on savings, low rate increases and investment.

Capital investment of $1.8 billion is planned for the next financial year.

That includes $1.25 billion spent on new assets, including $146 million on electric trains and $193m on the next stage of the city rail link.

The draft plan also sees increases in dog registration fees, food premises licensing and resource consents. Dog fees rise on average 11 per cent.

Rodney and Hibiscus Coast boards are juggling their budgets to pay for things such as replacing toilet facilities at the Western Reserve in Orewa, a business case for a swimming facility at Warkworth and a greenways plan for Wellsford.

Go to annualplan. aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

THE NUMBERS

Average 2.4 per cent rate rise proposed

Capital investment of $1.8 billion

$1.25 billion spent on new assets including $146 million on trains.

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