Franklin Ward councillor voted ‘yes’
One of those who voted in favour of the new budget was Franklin Ward councillor Bill Cashmore who had earlier warned of the council’s considerable loss of reputation if the audited final version of the Long Term Plan was not passed. “These consequences would have carried very real and meaningful costs to the ratepayers of Auckland City,” he said.
This LTP provides the financial framework for the next 10 years and was the result of extensive consultation, with record levels of feedback from the public through submissions and the Have Your Say events.
“I attended 15 of these events,” says Mr Cashmore, “and the one constant comment was ‘fix transport and fix the motorway system’.
The three-year interim transport levy is aimed at exactly that. It preloads the budget with $534 million to speed up improvements to all forms of transport. We need to engage more corroboratively with the government about motorway upgrades to source additional alternate funding.
“Average rates increase for Franklin is 0.4% across the board, breaking down to plus 4.4% for residential and minus 6.1% for rural. As your councillor I supported the LTP because it delivers for Auckland and particularly for Franklin.
The LTP has been through all the required processes. Last month the Governing Body passed the plan and it has since been with the Auditor General prior to final ratification. It cannot be altered at this point.”
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