One News reported:
Auckland Council is under fire over plans to build a new chamber just half a kilometre from where the old one is.
The move comes in the same week the mayor and a majority of councillors voted for an average rates increase of 9.9% for households.
Auckland Council has just spent $157 million shifting some of its super city workers to new offices in downtown Auckland but ONE News can reveal that the spending doesn’t end there.
Documents leaked to the Auckland Ratepayer Alliance show plans for a new council chamber on site, saving councillors and staff a four minute, 445 metre walk.
Options include a new mezzanine floor extension over a public walkway, glazed walls, a new civic lounge and a catering kitchen – all with the aim of creating “democracy at street level”.
“This is completely surplus to requirements,” councillor Cameron Brewer says. “We’ve got eight existing fit for purpose council chambers in Auckland and to build a ninth one is just frankly crazy.”
The Auckland Ratepayers Alliance claims the cost of the new complex will be between $4.5 and $10 million.
The fiscal incontinence gets worse. How they could even be considering this at a time they’ve put rates up by 9.9% is staggering.