Cost of delivering Council services

Operating expenditure (OPEX) - whakapaunga Whakahaere

The Council delivers a broad range of quality services to its residents – everything from roads, footpaths, libraries and festivals, museums, sports-fields and animal control. The total value of all the facilities and assets the Council uses to deliver services to Wellingtonians is $7.2 billion. The cost of delivering and running these Council services in 2019/20 will be $538 million or $6.87 per day per resident – less than two cups of coffee.


The graphic illustrates the proportion of planned operational expenditure in each of our strategic activity areas. The biggest area of organisational expenditure is environment at 34 percent of the total gross opex of $538 million; social and recreation and transport follow at 24 percent and 16 percent respectively; economic development, urban development, Council organisational projects, arts and culture and governance follow each with under 10 percent of total operational expenditure.


What it costs me?

This is how much it costs per person* to provide some of the services Wellington City Council delivers

*The dollar figures are an average cost per Wellington resident per year. The figure reflects operational expenditure (OPEX) and does not include any capital expenditure (CAPEX)

Operating expenditure (OPEX) - whakapaunga Whakahaere

The Council delivers a broad range of quality services to its residents – everything from roads, footpaths, libraries and festivals, museums, sports-fields and animal control. The total value of all the facilities and assets the Council uses to deliver services to Wellingtonians is $7.2 billion. The cost of delivering and running these Council services in 2019/20 will be $538 million or $6.87 per day per resident – less than two cups of coffee.


The graphic illustrates the proportion of planned operational expenditure in each of our strategic activity areas. The biggest area of organisational expenditure is environment at 34 percent of the total gross opex of $538 million; social and recreation and transport follow at 24 percent and 16 percent respectively; economic development, urban development, Council organisational projects, arts and culture and governance follow each with under 10 percent of total operational expenditure.


What it costs me?

This is how much it costs per person* to provide some of the services Wellington City Council delivers

*The dollar figures are an average cost per Wellington resident per year. The figure reflects operational expenditure (OPEX) and does not include any capital expenditure (CAPEX)