How we're managing our city responsibly
Managing Auckland responsibly requires a clear focus on value for money. This requires:
- effective management of operating expenditure
- increased oversight of, and accountability from, the council-controlled organisations (CCOs)
- effective capital expenditure and debt management
- restricting rates rises.
Increasing accountability of the council-controlled organisations
Independent review of the CCOs
In 2019 I promised a full and independent review of the council-controlled organisations. This was delivered and Auckland Council’s Governing Body unanimously agreed to progress all 64 recommendations in September 2020.
One of the recommendations was the merger of two CCOs - Regional Facilities Auckland (RFA) and Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) - into a single entity, which the review indicated could save ratepayers up to $67 million over 10 years. The merged entity Auckland Unlimited, was launched in late 2020.
Committee for CCO Oversight
I have established a new CCO subcommittee to give councillors and Aucklanders clearer oversight of the organisations and help ensure they are more responsive to elected members and accountable to ratepayers.
The subcommittee includes liaison councillors between the CCO boards and Auckland Council’s governing body, who will ensure that the organisations are working in the best interests of Auckland and its communities.
Ensuring value for money and doing more with less
I want to ensure that the city is managed in a fiscally responsible way. This means Auckland Council must work within its budget, keep rates low and affordable, and get the best value for money for each dollar it receives from ratepayer and other sources.
Managing rates responsibly
Property rates rises will be kept low and affordable. In the first year of Te Tahua Pūtea Tau 2021-2031 (Te Tahua Pūtea Whakarauora): The 10-year Budget 2021-2031 (Our Recovery Budget), rates will be increased by 5 per cent, after which we will return to our previously committed 3.5 per cent increase.
Costs of expensive infrastructure should not in the main be funded from rates.
Value for Money subcommittee
To keep property rates low and affordable, we need to do more with less. That means cutting fat, eliminating waste and duplication, and finding efficiencies.
I have established a Value for Money subcommittee to build on the progress we have already made over the past three years to find efficiencies, eliminate waste and duplication and ensure that we are getting the best value for money for ratepayers.