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Source: Auckland Council

Next month Aucklanders will be asked to have a say on the council’s proposed emergency budget.

Auckland Council will consult widely with the public on options for a rate increase of 2.5 per cent (the equivalent of $1.35 per week) or 3.5 per cent (the equivalent of $1.83 per week), among a suite of other measures aimed at offering support to all ratepayers, including businesses, facing hardship due to the impacts of COVID-19.

It is anticipated that consultation will be carried out from late May until mid-June. Following consultation feedback, input from Local Boards and decisions by the council’s Governing Body, the budget is likely to be considered for adoption by the council’s Governing Body at the end of July.

The council is developing a range of online options to replace traditional public feedback events unable to be held in levels 2 or 3. There will also be more direct outreach through community organisations and other council partners to ensure as many Aucklanders as possible get the opportunity to provide feedback.

The Emergency Budget consultation is in addition to consultation carried out in March with Aucklanders on the Annual Budget 2020/2021.

Further information will be provided when the consultation timeline is confirmed.