Council adopts 2022-2023 Budget

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Council this week adopted its 2022-2023 Budget.

The $109.7 million Budget includes capital works program of $30.4 million with the following allocations:

• road rehabilitation and re-sheeting: $3.1 million;
• footpath and bike path renewal: $1.395 million;
• public toilet renewal: $385,000;
• animal pound upgrade: $400,000;
• Japan Street catchment diversion:$400,000;
• hockey pitch renewal: $600,000;
• playground renewal: $330,000; and,
• livestock exchange renewal: $1.8 million to $3 million.

The $30.4 million includes carry-over work and new works.

Budget 2022-2023

Mayor Cr Vicki Jellie said while an allocation had been made for renewing the livestock exchange, further information would be reviewed to allow councillors to make a fully informed decision on the budgeted expenditure for this commercial proposal.

Over the coming year Council expects to:

• renew 3km of footpaths;
• build 2km of new footpaths;
• respond to more than 150 calls about dogs at large;
• respond to more than 25 calls for stock on roads;
• complete 300 fire hazard inspections;
• carry out 1.7 million kerbside bin lifts;
• handle more than 40,000 telephone inquiries;
• collect more than 240 domestic animals of which more than half will be returned directly to their owners by Council officers; and,
• complete more than 100,000sqm of road reseals.

Also included are increased funding for aged services and family services.

Council's investment in library services will grow, reflecting the move into the new shared library at the South West TAFE site, which will offer: a floorspace four times that of the current library, more books, more connectivity, better accessibility, multimedia facilities and amenities including a children’s play space and a café.

The number of annual visits to the library is projected to increase from under 200,000 at the existing library to more than 500,000 at the landmark new building which is designed to meet the needs of our growing population and help improve education attainment levels.

The budget includes a rate increase of 1.75 per cent which is in line with the State Government Rate Cap. Council is required to balance its ongoing financial sustainability against the capacity of its ratepayers to pay additional amounts.

This will mean an average residential rate increase of $24.80 - about 48c a week. The municipal charge has risen by $4.93 per residential property while waste management fees have risen by $26.58 to keep pace with rising costs including the landfill levy. 

Council will continue with its hardship provisions that can include payment plans, interest deferrals and, for those who meet the eligibility requirements for hardship, a rebate of $200 to help offset the average residential rate increase. Council remains committed to working with ratepayers in a compassionate and respectful manner to achieve satisfactory outcomes for both parties where possible.

How Council invests each $100
Construction, roads, paths and drains
Parks, recreation, libraries and culture
Aged and family services
Economic development and tourism
Environmental, waste management and street cleaning
Engineering and planning
Regulatory control, public health and safety
Elected Council and governance