Published 16 February 2011
Auckland Council’s strategy & finance committee skipped over a brief report on funding to protect heritage buildings on Monday.
The mayor, Len Brown, said he understood the legacy councils’ long-term plans had some budget provision, so he wouldn’t try to increase the budget for heritage protection in the new council’s first budget.
But he wants a report on heritage & strategic acquisition funds which might be set up. That report will go to the committee in a month or 2.
Mr Brown said in his outline: “During the last couple of months we have found ourselves dealing with issues related to heritage buildings with an inability to respond as we may have wished to due to budget constraints.
“There will no doubt be future occasions when this will become an issue for us. In addition, we may need some flexibility to facilitate urban development through short-term property holdings. In preparing this budget, I asked the officers to consider this issue in terms of working capital for purchase & resale of properties for heritage or development purposes.”
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Attribution: Council committee agenda, story written by Bob Dey for the Bob Dey Property Report.