The Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance has been analysing the figures and has released this media statement.
COUNCIL'S FINANCIALS EVEN WORSE THAN EXPECTED
Today’s release of Auckland Council’s annual report show that the City is in an even worse financial shape than its critics predicted. The report, adopted by the Council yesterday and released today, show that the Council’s total liabilities have grown by more than a billion dollars, or 15 percent in 12 months.
Jo Holmes, Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance spokesperson says:
“The fact that the Council is releasing the report on a Friday, the day spin doctors release bad news, speaks volumes about how bad these numbers are.”
“Today’s debt is tomorrow’s higher rates. While the Council will point to their asset base as try to justify the red ink, our analysis shows that even on a per household basis the Council is in a much sorrier state than Kaipara District Council which effectively went bust in 2012.”
“Auckland Council’s budget deficit dwarfs recent deficits in central government. Len Brown’s legacy looks set to be financial disaster."
"The real concern is if Auckland decides to replace one Labour Mayor with another Labour Mayor. Nothing will change on this score. The last Labour Government had an appalling record when it came to growing public sector numbers and costs.
"The ongoing dismissiveness of these issues by council leaders flies completely in the face of what the public demanded in feedback to the 10-year budget just a few months back. The highest number of submissions on where people wanted to see spending cuts was overwhelmingly in the area of governance and support," says Mr Brewer.
He says only six councillors supported his amendment during the recent budget debates in May to freeze the top-line wage and salary budget with 17 effectively voting for ongoing escalations.
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