Auckland Council will focus on waste management this week as it continues the process toward setting rates & fees for the next financial year, starting 1 July 2020.
The council’s finance & performance committee meets on Tuesday, when mayor Phil Goff will lay out his rates proposal, followed by a governing body meeting to endorse committee decisions.
The governing body will agree the consultation material on 12 February, and the consultation process will run from 21 February-22 March. Following community feedback, local boards and the finance & performance committee will reconsider budgets and make final decisions in May.
The governing body will adopt the annual budget in June.
In the report to the finance committee, staff said:
- Costs of providing waste management base services have increased by $9.5 million (excluding gst). The primary driver is an increase in recycling costs of $7.7 million (excluding gst) due to declining international demand & lower prices for recyclables
- Staff recommend an increase in the base service charge of $19.97 to $141.03 (including gst) to recover these additional costs. They say alternatives are to raise general rates by a further 0.6% or landfilling recycling, which would be more expensive & inconsistent with the council’s waste management goals
- The council has nearly completed new standard waste collection contracts set on a volume basis for refuse & food scraps. The new contracts will encourage greater diversion of materials from landfill and deliver better financial outcomes. In the short term, volume-based refuse collection contracts increase costs in the former Auckland City & Manukau City areas. In the medium term, when the food scraps service is in place the costs of refuse disposal in these areas will fall
- Staff recommend an increase in the standard refuse rate by $14.23 to $144.16 (including gst) and large refuse by $6.68 to $67.75 (including gst) in these areas, subject to the decision on the contract tender process by the strategy procurement committee at its meeting on 10 December. The average cost for residents will be on a par with, or lower than, the costs in the rest of the city
- Alternatives are to raise general rates by a further 0.2% or raise the base waste management rate, spreading the cost over all service users.
Other issues before the council finance committee:
- Making it easier for pool owners to pay fencing inspection fees
- Helping Clevedon residents connect to water & wastewater systems
- Potential changes to the business improvement district programme
- Increasing transparency & cost recovery for some fees
- Changes to targeted rates to retrofit your home and for Waitakere rural sewerage
- Introducing a $20 entry fee (including gst) for international visitors to the Auckland Botanic Gardens, and
- Increasing the high impact event permit fee from $1100 to $1500 (including gst).
Finance & performance committee, Tuesday 10 December at 9.30am
Audit & risk committee, Monday 9 December at 2.15pm
Strategic procurement committee, Tuesday 10 December at 1.30pm or at the conclusion of the extraordinary governing body meeting, whichever is later
Attribution: Council agendas.