8 Jun 2023

Auckland local boards discuss budget contentions

From Morning Report, 7:16 am on 8 June 2023

Aucklanders find out today if their mayor has enough votes to sell the council's two billion dollars worth of airport shares as part of the plan he says will help fix the city.

Councillors will vote on the annual budget and have to plug a $325 million deficit.

Auckland City's budget is set to be signed off today, with Mayor Wayne Brown pushing hard to get enough support to sell off the council's airport shares.

He's proposed to fund local boards with $16 million of savings, in his budget to be signed off by councillors today.

The super city is looking down the barrel of a $375 million deficit, including $50 million needed for storm recovery.

The funding of local boards would be contingent on the Council selling it's 18 percent share in Auckland Airport.

Henderson-Massey Local Board Chair Chris Carter and Waitakere Ranges Local Board Chair Greg Presland spoke to Corin Dann.