Author:Shane Martin, Auckland Council Chief Economist
Source:Auckland Council Chief Economist
- Auckland ratepayers continually expect better levels of service and reduced environmental impact – as they should.
- At the same time, the council is under pressure to keep rates as low as possible for ratepayers.
- This rational approach creates difficulty when decisions made decades, or even a century ago, are still having negative impacts today.
- The need to fix mistakes from the past at huge cost, to constantly increase service levels while avoiding repeating the short-sighted decisions of the past, may cost more in the short-run.
- Past experience shows the need for rigorous analysis of our infrastructure and policy choices to consider the immediate and long-term impact on Auckland, and the need to think big in our planning to avoid under-provision.
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