A report in today's Herald suggests the money promised by the Mayor to plug the funding gap for ARHT is now in doubt.
A plan by Auckland Mayor Len Brown to fill a $900,000 gap in the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust's running costs has hit a legal obstacle for council funding.
Local Board Member for Orakei, Mark Thomas, makes the following point on Facebook.
Heartening to know there's the odd $900k of ratepayer funds floating around in Auckland Council for worthy causes. Perhaps rather than seeking public submissions on our spending priorities, local boards and councillors should mount PR campaigns to get their objectives achieved.
Unfortunately when you have a PR Mayor who sees projects and priorities only in terms of what good PR he can get out of them, procedure and budgeting can take a back seat.
I am ambivalent about this. On the one hand Waiheke has much to gain from a well funded ARHT. Many Waiheke lives are saved annually because of this air ambulance service. On the other I agree with Mark that the mayor’s intervention makes a mockery of due process and must make local board members wonder why they bother.