Auckland Council Unanimously Backs Goff’s Targeted Climate Action Rate in Public Consultation
The Auckland Council today confirmed the topics for public consultation that will begin in late February as part of the annual budget process.
The consultation elements include a proposed Climate Action Target Rate (CATR) to support an ambitious $ 1 billion climate action plan; maintain the general rate increase at 3.5 percent as foreseen in the ten-year budget; and switch to a simpler payment method for garbage collection.
Mayor Goff thanked councilors for unanimously supporting his budget proposal at the consultation, saying there has never been a more important time for Aucklanders to make their voices heard.
“As COVID-19 continues to have a severe impact around the world, the long-term threat to all of us is that posed by climate change,” he said.
“Two years ago, Auckland advisers declared a climate emergency and pledged to put climate change at the forefront and at the center of decision-making. We must deliver on those promises by taking concrete action to tackle the climate crisis and leave a positive legacy for our children and grandchildren.
“The targeted climate action rate that I have proposed will generate $ 574 million directly and seek to unlock an additional $ 471 million from government grants and other sources to invest in essential projects and services to help us meet our climate commitments.
“It will see more than $ 600 million invested in 79 new or improved bus services, as well as the purchase of 66 additional electric buses. These changes will provide improved services accessible to more than one million Aucklanders north, south, east and west of Auckland and will see an additional 170,000 Aucklanders – 10% of the population – brought to less 500 meters from a frequent bus line.
“$ 122 million will go towards decarbonizing the city’s ferry fleet, which currently contributes 21% of Auckland’s public transport emissions.
“Cycling and walking will benefit from a capital injection of $ 228 million to provide new infrastructure and improvements or extensions to existing routes, making our streets safer for our children to walk or cycle to. at school. “
The package also includes millions of dollars for the investment in the city’s urban canopy.
“While some parts of Auckland have good canopy cover and the benefits of mature trees, other parts of our city don’t have that advantage. This has to change, ”said Mayor Goff.
“Through CATR, approximately 15,000 mature native trees will be planted across the region on streets and in parks, playgrounds and road reserves, while thousands of additional trees and plants will be used to expand the remains. bush by planting around the existing urban bush.
“We are running out of time to act on the threats climate change poses to our city, our country and the planet,” said Mayor Goff.
“The Targeted Climate Action Rate lays the groundwork for the urgent changes we need to make to meet our climate action goals and avoid the catastrophic impacts of global warming.
“I encourage the people of Auckland to speak up during the consultation and tell us what they think about our proposed climate action agenda, as well as other items in the budget.”
Finance and Performance Committee Chairman Councilor Desley Simpson says it’s crucial that Aucklanders have a say.
“The continued uncertainty over COVID, rising inflation and rising interest charges are putting real pressure on our financial situation and will require additional work to ensure we can continue to cover the costs while by providing essential services and infrastructure investments on which our communities depend.
“As part of this budget, the board is proposing to redefine some of our operational spending in the coming years, and we want to hear Aucklanders’ perspective on how we should proceed.
“We will also continue to work hard to find efficiencies and ensure that we deliver more with less and that we deliver value to taxpayers. “
The Auckland Council’s 2022/23 annual budget consultation runs from February 28 to March 28, 2022. Visit akhaveyoursay.nz for more information.
Other elements of public consultation
A range of other key elements included in the Auckland Council’s annual budget proposal will be submitted for public consultation, including:
- Maintenance of the general rate hike at 3.5% for the 2022/23 financial year, as foreseen in the Ten-Year Budget
- Maintain the board’s current capital investment profile for the next three years
- Draft expenditure prioritization criteria that will be used to implement operational cost reductions from 2024 to help cover costs caused by inflation and rising interest rates
- Replaced the current hybrid payment method for garbage collection with a region-wide tariff-funded service.
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