Key regional decisions made in the annual budget
We have now adopted the Annual Budget 2017/2018.
The key regional decisions
An average general rates increase of 2.5 per cent for all ratepayers. This is the amount that rates will increase in the 2017/2018 financial year, and will apply to all properties.
Pausing the long-term rating differential policy for one year
This means businesses will also receive a 2.5 per cent rates rise in the 2017/2018 financial year.
A targeted rate on accommodation providers
We agreed to implement a targeted rate on accommodation providers to pay for 50 per cent of Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development's (ATEED) budget for marketing visitor attractions and major events.
Targeted rates to fund infrastructure for new developments
We are changing our funding policy to allow for targeted rates to fund infrastructure for new developments.
This change to the funding policy now means that we will be able to implement targeted rates on large-scale developments.
A living wage for council staff
We will now phase in a living wage of $20.20 per hour for council and council-controlled organisations staff over the council term (ending October 2019).
Action on homelessness
To help address the homelessness issue in Auckland, we committed $500,000 to play a coordinating role in bringing together central government with non-governmental organisations, private businesses supporting the homeless, and groups representing the homeless.