For some months now, we as a governing body have been working together to achieve a proposal for the 10-Year Budget 2021-2031. The pandemic has altered our lives, resulting in devastating economic consequences to New Zealanders, and in turn our locals. Although we now enjoy some sense of normality, we are mindful as we move forward on plans that the pandemic is not yet over. A decision in late May was made on the 10-Year budget which will now proceed to the auditors.
Auckland Council faces a projected $450 million deficit resulting in some difficult trade-offs and decisions in order to adopt the Emergency Budget 2020/2021. Despite these losses, we made a concerted effort to keep the city moving forward, ensuring investment in the things that mattered the most.
What does this mean for you? This is a long-term plan, a 10-year budget proposal with plans that will affect the community. Whilst these are reviewed in annual plans, a long-term plan is a standing document. As your Whau Ward Councillor I have advocated for the pool and recreation facility in the Whau, and for Council to continue funding and supporting the Avondale Community Hub, local business, improvements to public transport, and good infrastructure.
I have read the public feedback on the draft proposal, and also listened to feedback from the community; it is this feedback on which our budget decisions are based. The feedback from the Whau Ward for the proposals was positive. I have been holding councillor clinics in the community to hear your views and opinions on Council. Thank you to those who attend and share information. The next clinic will be held at the Blockhouse Bay library on Friday 9th July from 11am – noon.