Exploring the draft budget - be part of the trial

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Preparing a Annual budget is an essential part of running the City. Understanding what goes in and weighing-up all the demands for services, how they will be paid for, meeting legal and policy requirements etc. can be complex balancing act that is hard to follow.

We want to give Wellingtonians the opportunity to understand what goes into building the budget. So we are trialing an interactive budget tool (or simulation) to help residents grow their understanding of the budget.

You can dive in right now, move the money around and give your feedback on how you found it.

What's in the budget tool? - the draft operating budget

Each draft budget item has the $ amount, details on where the money comes from and where it is likely to be spent in 2020/21. Overall the budget items cover:

  • operating expenditure - what it costs to deliver the services to the City
  • the preferred rates increase option of 5.1%. For more on this option see the financial summary section.
  • rates an other income for 2020-21 and any proposed borrowing needed to cover operating expenses (there are limits on how much we can borrow)

The Council also has longer-term projects that are not easily changed e.g. the Convention Center build or, projects where what is delivered and the cost is still being worked on e.g. CBD library, lets get Welly moving. Spending on these projects (or capital projects) mostly comes from borrowing so is not part of the tool.

Details on our proposed capital expenditure programme is in the document library.

How do I use the tool?

You can see where the money is spent, move money around to change what it is spent on or raise more income by increasing rates. If you adjust one item of spending you have to take it away from another. You can also make comments on changes as you go.

When moving the money around think about:

  • what services are needed now or in the future? rates affordability? what is financially responsible? how would the change affect the services already provided? and /or
  • will changing the money to this item mean an lower or better service to the community? who benefits and should pay?
  • If i spend more, will an increasing rates or borrowing be something that the community would approve?

The main rule is that after making your changes the budget should balance. This means what is spent should equal what you receive in income. However in this trial you can save an unbalanced budget.

For answers to other questions on the budget tool see the FAQ sidebar of this page.

What happens to your changes?

Once you have finished all your changes you can save (or "submit") them. The information you provide us in this trial will help us in communicating and consulting residents on our future budgets in a meaningful way - for example the Council's Long-term plan later in 2020-21. Your feedback will not be used for any other purpose.

You can also email us any feedback on your experience in using the tool to busannualplan@wcc.govt.nz. Thank you - we really appreciate your time and input.


Preparing a Annual budget is an essential part of running the City. Understanding what goes in and weighing-up all the demands for services, how they will be paid for, meeting legal and policy requirements etc. can be complex balancing act that is hard to follow.

We want to give Wellingtonians the opportunity to understand what goes into building the budget. So we are trialing an interactive budget tool (or simulation) to help residents grow their understanding of the budget.

You can dive in right now, move the money around and give your feedback on how you found it.

What's in the budget tool? - the draft operating budget

Each draft budget item has the $ amount, details on where the money comes from and where it is likely to be spent in 2020/21. Overall the budget items cover:

  • operating expenditure - what it costs to deliver the services to the City
  • the preferred rates increase option of 5.1%. For more on this option see the financial summary section.
  • rates an other income for 2020-21 and any proposed borrowing needed to cover operating expenses (there are limits on how much we can borrow)

The Council also has longer-term projects that are not easily changed e.g. the Convention Center build or, projects where what is delivered and the cost is still being worked on e.g. CBD library, lets get Welly moving. Spending on these projects (or capital projects) mostly comes from borrowing so is not part of the tool.

Details on our proposed capital expenditure programme is in the document library.

How do I use the tool?

You can see where the money is spent, move money around to change what it is spent on or raise more income by increasing rates. If you adjust one item of spending you have to take it away from another. You can also make comments on changes as you go.

When moving the money around think about:

  • what services are needed now or in the future? rates affordability? what is financially responsible? how would the change affect the services already provided? and /or
  • will changing the money to this item mean an lower or better service to the community? who benefits and should pay?
  • If i spend more, will an increasing rates or borrowing be something that the community would approve?

The main rule is that after making your changes the budget should balance. This means what is spent should equal what you receive in income. However in this trial you can save an unbalanced budget.

For answers to other questions on the budget tool see the FAQ sidebar of this page.

What happens to your changes?

Once you have finished all your changes you can save (or "submit") them. The information you provide us in this trial will help us in communicating and consulting residents on our future budgets in a meaningful way - for example the Council's Long-term plan later in 2020-21. Your feedback will not be used for any other purpose.

You can also email us any feedback on your experience in using the tool to busannualplan@wcc.govt.nz. Thank you - we really appreciate your time and input.


Interactive Budget

When using the tool think about questions such as why is this service important? do I want to change what is provided now? will the community benefit? who can afford to pay? and so on - this can be both an interesting and challenging exercise!

Balancing Act teaser