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# 171974 7-May-2015 13:40
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It seems to me that Auckland ratepayers have been duped!

For as long as I can remember, the justification for collecting Local Body Rates was so that the elected Council could provide core infrastructure that was required for the town/city in question to function.  Commonly given examples of this infrastructure are things like; Water supply, Sewerage handling, Refuse collection, Roading & Transport, etc.

Today Aucklanders have received news that despite long-term rate increases outstripping inflation by an order of magnitude (or more) the monies collected by the council are being spent on nothing of the sort.

Water supply: Nope, you'll need to pay for that separately - Watercare Services will send you a bill.
Sewerage: Nope, as above.
Refuse: Nope*, you'll need to either buy pre-paid plastic bags or hook up with a private provider - Waste Management will send you a bill.
Roads & Transport: Nope, you'll need to pay an extra levy before we can do anything for you there.

All of which begs the question...   What the hell is the $3.5bn collected by Auckland Council spent on??? 
At what point do we drop the pretence, and just acknowledge that we're living in a "User Pays" city?

* I'm speaking as a North Shore Resident...  I am aware that not all parts of the "Super" City are treated equally.



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  # 1299998 7-May-2015 16:16
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wasabi2k:
Handsomedan:
tdgeek: Surely they provide a set of accounts. detailing income and expenditure?

Yes they do, but there is precious little that the public can do other than cry loudly in public. 


So has anyone actually looked at these and attempted to show what it is spent on?

I would be interested in some analysis of data, not just general assumptions and complaints without facts.


Actually, yes I have.  I spent nearly a year working for the Council, in I.T. and on their financial reporting systems, covering budgets, forecasts, annual planning and actual spend, which is public and also made available to all 800 budget holders in the council.  You can get this at:

Here is the website:

http://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/EN/PLANSPOLICIESPROJECTS/REPORTS/ANNUAL_REPORT/Pages/annualreport20122013.aspx

and here is breakdown of expenses





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