• Posted on: 21/03/2023
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Consultation on Auckland Council's draft 2023/24 budget for consultation took place from February to March 2023.

In it, the council proposed to address its $295 million budget deficit by:

  • cutting funding for council services, local boards, council-controlled organisations (CCOs), and funded organisations (like NGOs and community groups)
  • selling its shares in Auckland International Airport
  • increasing rates by an average of around $3 per household per week
  • borrowing up to $75 million.

The PSA opposed the funding cuts and sale of Auckland International Airport shares.

In our submission we expressed our opposition to proposed budget cuts that would be likely to result in reduced services to the people of Auckland, and affect the jobs of the people who deliver those services.

These cuts would mean reduced funding for all kinds of things that are important for making Auckland a thriving place where people want to live: like homelessness initiatives, community gardens, youth centres, youth employment initiatives, library services, music, theatre, art, public events, public transport, climate and environment initiatives, and town centre regeneration. It’s also likely to make it more expensive to use community facilities.

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