After many months of work behind the scenes, we have just gone live with our local government league tables – published in partnership with our national sister organisation, the New Zealand Taxpayers' Union.
Ratepayers’ Report allows you put aside the political spin and see how Auckland Council performs against councils across the country. It also allows for a ‘like-for-like’ comparison against and other ‘unitary authorities’ (i.e. where councils performing the functions of both a territorial/city council and a regional council).
Every dollar spent by a Council was earned by a hard-working ratepayer. This tool allows ratepayers to see how that money is being spent.
Key findings for Auckland
The report exposes Auckland Council’s debt: now $22,189 per ratepayer. That’s more than three times the national average of $6,989. Even with low interest rates, $839 of everyone’s rates is now required just to service Auckland Council’s borrowing.
Ratepayers’ Report also reveals that Auckland Council has the second highest ratio of staff per residential ratepayer when compared to other unitary councils – one staff member for every 69 residential properties.
This strongly suggests that Auckland Council is overstaffed. Whilst a high staff to ratepayer ratio can offer more face-to-face interaction, it requires significantly more funding. In comparison, Marlborough District Council employs a one to 97 staff to ratepayer ratio – representing a $200 difference in staff costs per residential ratepayer compared to Auckland.
Not only does Auckland Council have a lot of staff, it also pays them generously. Nearly fifteen percent are paid more than $100,000 per year compared to only nine percent in the general workforce.
Thank you to our supporters
Ratepayers’ Report has been made possible by the generosity of supporters who have chipped-in and donated to our cause fighting for more accountability and transparency in our super city. A big thank you for those who have.
We hope you find Ratepayers’ Report useful – and welcome your feedback.