The cost of consulting Hawke's Bay people over the possible sale of Napier Port doubled, exceeding its budget by $100,000.

A paper being presented to Hawke's Bay Regional Council on Wednesday states the cost of consulting the public ballooned to $200,000, double the budgeted expense.

A spokesperson for Hawke's Bay Regional Council said the extra expense was due to the consultation being longer and broader than expected.

"We responded to community expectations for a higher level of consultation, and this was reflected in additional advertising costs, an extra postcard, postage, design charges and professional advice to ensure we met legal

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