On 25 June, we adopted our 2013/14 Annual Budget (pdf, 1.5MB) which will allocate:
- $27.3 million to maintain local assets and infrastructure
- $122.4 million to deliver community services
In order to deliver this, we have determined that the required rate revenue for the 2013/14 financial year will be $88.4 million, a rate increase of 6.1 per cent.
Developing our budget
Every year we prepare a budget that is guided by the priorities set out in our Council Plan - a legal requirement for all councils.
Councillors attend workshops with staff to work out how much money is required to meet community needs and deliver vital services such as:
- aged care
- disability services
- leisure and recreation facilities
- library services
- parking management
- town planning
- waste disposal and management
We also have to budget for upgrading and maintaining public facilities such as footpaths, buildings, roads, bridges, drains, laneways, parks, trees and sports grounds.
The community is also invited to make submissions for initiatives they would like to see funded.
Income and funding
In the budget, we balance the competing needs of the community with a sustainable level of rates. The greatest proportion of income comes from rates, with other funding provided by government grants, fees, charges, and interest from investments.
For more information about our annual budget, call us on 9243 8888.