Finance and Performance Committee

 

OPEN MINUTES

 

 

 

Minutes of a meeting of the Finance and Performance Committee held in the Reception Lounge, Auckland Town Hall, 301-305 Queen Street, Auckland on Wednesday, 28 October 2015 at 9.32am.

 

present

 

Chairperson

Cr Penny Webster

 

 

Deputy Chairperson

Cr Ross Clow

 

 

Members

Cr Anae Arthur Anae

From 11.07am, item 11

 

 

Cr Cameron Brewer

 

 

 

Mayor Len Brown, JP

From 9.40am, item 5.1

 

 

Cr Dr Cathy Casey

 

 

 

Cr Bill Cashmore

 

 

 

Cr Linda Cooper, JP

 

 

 

Cr Chris Darby

 

 

 

Cr Hon Christine Fletcher, QSO

From 9.36am, item 5.1

 

 

Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse

 

 

 

Cr Denise Krum

 

 

 

Cr Mike Lee

From 9.54am, item 9

 

 

Member Kris MacDonald

Until 11.01am, item 10

 

 

Cr Calum Penrose

 

 

 

Cr Dick Quax

 

 

 

Cr Sharon Stewart, QSM

 

 

 

Cr Sir John Walker, KNZM, CBE

From 10.05am, item 9

 

 

Cr Wayne Walker

From 10.47am, item 10

 

 

Cr John Watson

 

 

 

Member Glenn Wilcox

 

 

 

Cr George Wood, CNZM

From 9.36am, item 5.1

 

 

ABSENT

 

 

Cr Alf Filipaina

 

 

 

Member David Taipari

 

 

 

Member John Tamihere

 

 

 

 


Finance and Performance Committee

28 October 2015

 

 

1 Apologies

 

Resolution number FIN/2015/106

MOVED by Chairperson MP Webster, seconded by Deputy Chairperson RI Clow:

That the Finance and Performance Committee:

a)         accept the apologies from Cr AM Filipaina, Member D Taipari and Member J Tamihere for absence.

CARRIED

 

2 Declaration of Interest

 

Cr WB Cashmore and Member G Wilcox declared an interest in item 10.

 

3 Confirmation of Minutes

 

Resolution number FIN/2015/107

MOVED by Cr CM Casey, seconded by Cr WB Cashmore:

That the Finance and Performance Committee:

a)         confirm the ordinary minutes of its meeting held on Thursday, 22 October 2015 as a true and correct record.

CARRIED

 

4 Petitions

 

There were no petitions.

 

5 Public Input

 

5.1

Olivia Haddon - Maori freehold land rates

 

Cr CE Fletcher entered the meeting at 9.36am.

Cr GS Wood entered meeting at 9.36am.

Mayor LCM Brown entered the meeting at 9.40am.

 

 

Olivia Haddon provided supporting information. A copy has been placed on the official minutes and is available on the Auckland Council website as a minutes attachment.

 

 

Resolution number FIN/2015/108

MOVED by Chairperson MP Webster, seconded by Cr LA Cooper:

That the Finance and Performance Committee:

a) thank Olivia Haddon for her presentation and receive the submission from Pita Rikys regarding Māori freehold land rates.

CARRIED

 

Attachments

a 28 October 2015, Finance and Performance Committee - Item 5.1 supporting information from Olivia Haddon

 


 

6 Local Board Input

 

There was no local board input.

 

7 Extraordinary Business

 

There was no extraordinary business.

 

8 Notices of Motion

 

There were no notices of motion.

 

 

9

Māori Land Rates

 

Cr ME Lee entered the meeting at 9.54am.

Cr JG Walker entered the meeting at 10.05am.

 

 

Note: Changes to the original recommendation a) and an additional recommendation c) were made with the agreement of the meeting.

 

 

Resolution number FIN/2015/109

MOVED by Cr LA Cooper, seconded by Deputy Chairperson RI Clow:

That the Finance and Performance Committee agree that its preference is to consult alongside the Annual Plan 2016/2017 on an amendment to the:

a) Māori freehold land rates remission and postponement policy to:

i) remit rates for marae and urupa that exceed the 2 hectare limit for non-rateability

ii) increase the adjustment for the number of owners up to the 10 per cent maximum, where properties have significant barriers to development such as owners being deceased or not succeeded to

iii) adjust rates to the equivalent of those that would have been charged, had the property been valued excluding any potential use that is unlikely to be achieved within Māori ownership; and

b) rates remission and postponement policy (remission scheme for fixed charges) to:

i) remit fixed rates where the land would otherwise be treated as a single rating unit except they are in separate ownership.

c) policies referred to in a) and b) above and that further detailed and specific policy changes be sought from Māori (including Māori landowners and the Independent Māori Statutory Board) as part of the consultation process and that these be assessed by officers and be reported back to the committee for consideration in the post review policies and/or to initiate other actions and responses by Council.

CARRIED

 


 

10

Rural Rates Review

 

Cr WB Cashmore and Member G Wilcox declared an interest in this item and left the room at 10.11am.

 

 

Cr WD Walker entered the meeting at 10.47am.

 

 

MOVED by Cr C Darby, seconded by Cr CM Casey:

That the Finance and Performance Committee agree that its preference is to:

a)     not consult on the proposal to reallocate rates within the farm/lifestyle sector.

A division was called for, voting on which was as follows:

For

Mayor LCM Brown

Cr CM Casey

Deputy Chairperson RI Clow

Cr C Darby

Deputy Mayor PA Hulse

Cr ME Lee

Cr WD Walker

Cr J Watson

Cr GS Wood

Against

Cr CE Brewer

Cr LA Cooper

Cr CE Fletcher

Cr DA Krum

Cr CM Penrose

Cr D Quax

Cr SL Stewart

Member K Macdonald

J Walker

Chairperson MP Webster

Abstained

 

The motion was declared lost by 9 votes to 10.

 

 

 

 

Resolution number FIN/2015/110

MOVED by Cr CM Penrose, seconded by Cr CE Fletcher:

That the Finance and Performance Committee agree that its preference is to:

a) consult on the proposal to reallocate rates from large farm/lifestyle properties over the entire rating base.

 

A division was called for, voting on which was as follows:

For

Cr CE Brewer

Mayor LCM Brown

Cr LA Cooper

Cr CE Fletcher

Cr DA Krum

Cr CM Penrose

Cr D Quax

Cr SL Stewart

Member K Macdonald

Cr JG Walker

Chairperson MP Webster

Against

Cr CM Casey

Deputy Chairperson RI Clow

Cr C Darby

Deputy Mayor PA Hulse

Cr ME Lee

Cr WD Walker

Cr J Watson

Cr GS Wood

Abstained

 

The motion was declared carried by 11 votes to 8.

CARRIED


 

 

Resolution number FIN/2015/111

MOVED by Cr CE Fletcher, seconded by Cr CM Penrose:

That the Finance and Performance Committee agree that its preference is to:

b)        consult on an amendment to the rates remission and postponement policy to remit the difference in rates between what a property is charged for its smaller individual blocks, and what it will be charged if it was rated as a single combined property.

CARRIED

 

Cr WB Cashmore and Member G Wilcox returned to the meeting at 11.00am.

Member K MacDonald left the meeting at 11.01am.

The meeting adjourned at 11.01am and reconvened at 11.07am.

 

 

11

Annual review of Uniform Annual General Charge

 

Cr AJ Anae entered the meeting at 11.07am.

 

 

MOVED by Chairperson MP Webster, seconded by Cr ME Lee:

That the Finance and Performance Committee:

a) agree that it does not support consultation on changes to the Uniform Annual General Charge.

 

MOVED by Cr GS Wood, seconded by Cr CE Fletcher by way of amendment:

That the Finance and Performance Committee:

a)    agree that consultation on the quantum of the Uniform Annual General Charge occur over the range of $385 to $800.

A division was called for, voting on which was as follows:

For

Cr CE Brewer

Cr WB Cashmore

Cr LA Cooper

Cr CE Fletcher

Cr DA Krum

Cr CM Penrose

Cr D Quax

Cr SL Stewart

Chairperson MP Webster

Cr GS Wood

Against

Cr AJ Anae

Mayor LCM Brown

Cr CM Casey

Deputy Chairperson RI Clow

Cr C Darby

Deputy Mayor PA Hulse

Cr ME Lee

Member G Wilcox

Cr JG Walker

Cr WD Walker

Cr J Watson

Abstained

 

The amendment was declared lost by 10 votes to 11.

 

 

MOVED by Cr C Darby, seconded by Cr CM Casey by way of amendment:

That the Finance and Performance Committee:

a)         agree that consultation on the quantum of the Uniform Annual General Charge occur over three options:

i)          $350

ii)         $397 (current inflated)

iii)        $450

 

A division was called for, voting on which was as follows:

For

Cr AJ Anae

Mayor LCM Brown

Cr CM Casey

Deputy Chairperson RI Clow

Cr C Darby

Against

Cr CE Brewer

Cr WB Cashmore

Cr LA Cooper

Cr CE Fletcher

Deputy Mayor PA Hulse

Cr DA Krum

Cr ME Lee

Cr CM Penrose

Cr D Quax

Cr SL Stewart

Member G Wilcox

Cr JG Walker

Cr WD Walker

Cr J Watson

Chairperson MP Webster

Cr GS Wood

Abstained

 

The amendment was declared lost by 5 votes to 16.

 

 

Resolution number FIN/2015/112

MOVED by Cr LA Cooper, seconded by Cr CE Brewer:

That the Finance and Performance Committee:

a) agree that consultation on the quantum of the Uniform Annual General Charge occur over the range of $350 to $650.

 

A division was called for, voting on which was as follows:

For

Cr CE Brewer

Mayor LCM Brown

Cr WB Cashmore

Cr LA Cooper

Cr C Darby

Cr CE Fletcher

Cr DA Krum

Cr CM Penrose

Cr D Quax

Cr SL Stewart

Cr WD Walker

Cr J Watson

Chairperson MP Webster

Cr GS Wood

Against

Cr AJ Anae

Cr CM Casey

Deputy Chairperson RI Clow

Deputy Mayor PA Hulse

Cr ME Lee

Member G Wilcox

Cr JG Walker

Abstained

 

The motion was declared carried by 14 votes to 7.

CARRIED

 


 

12

Interim transport levy structure

 

 

 

MOVED by Cr WB Cashmore, seconded by Chairperson MP Webster:

That the Finance and Performance Committee:

a) agree that it does not support consultation on changes to the interim transport levy.

 

 

 

Note: Changes to the original recommendations were made with the agreement of the meeting.

 

 

Resolution number FIN/2015/113

MOVED by Deputy Chairperson RI Clow, seconded by Cr CM Casey:

That the Finance and Performance Committee agree its preferred options for consultation are the following:

a) an increase in the share of the interim transport levy met by businesses from 14.7 per cent to 32.7 per cent for 2016/2017 and 32.3 per cent for 2017/2018

b) share the business interim transport levy amongst business ratepayers on the basis of capital value rather than via a fixed charge.

A division was called for, voting on which was as follows:

For

Cr CE Brewer

Mayor LCM Brown

Cr CM Casey

Deputy Chairperson RI Clow

Cr LA Cooper

Cr C Darby

Cr CE Fletcher

Deputy Mayor PA Hulse

Cr DA Krum

Cr ME Lee

Cr D Quax

Cr SL Stewart

Cr JG Walker

Cr WD Walker

Cr J Watson

Cr GS Wood

Against

Cr AJ Anae

Cr WB Cashmore

Cr CM Penrose

Member G Wilcox

Chairperson MP Webster

Abstained

 

The motion was declared carried by 16 votes to 5.

CARRIED

 

13

Budget review

 

Resolution number FIN/2015/114

MOVED by Cr C Darby, seconded by Cr AJ Anae:

That the Finance and Performance Committee:

a) receive the Budget Review report.

CARRIED

 


 

14 Consideration of Extraordinary Items

 

There was no consideration of extraordinary items.

 

12.25pm The Chairperson thanked Members for their attendance and attention to business and declared the meeting closed.

 

 

CONFIRMED AS A TRUE AND CORRECT RECORD AT A MEETING OF THE Finance and Performance Committee HELD ON

 

 

 

DATE:.........................................................................

 

 

 

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