Strathbogie Shire Council has released a draft budget and Council Plan for 2016-17 with its lowest rate increase in 22 years now on the table for consultation.
With a proposed rating increase of just 2.5 per cent, council is hoping to continue its path in building community confidence through sound financial management and strategically working to be in its current financial position.
Work done prior to this implementation has allowed council to maintain existing service levels, fund a number of significant new initiatives and continue to allocate sufficient funds for the continuing strategic renewal of council’s infrastructure.
This is in line with council’s long-term financial plan.
Council has allocated $3.76million to roads, $3.80million towards fixing 14 bridges, with no new borrowings.
The 2016-17 Draft Budget, which includes the green organics waste collection and additional works for tree management, has gone out to the community for comment and feedback for a period of 28 days.
The focus of the document is aimed at delivery of high priority community infrastructure items, including the library and accessible toilet in Nagambie.
Strathbogie Mayor Colleen Furlanetto said the proposed draft budget was based on a rate increase of 2.5 per cent, which is in line with the new Fair Go Rates System (FGRS).
‘‘Council has worked hard to develop a budget that balances ratepayer affordability with the continuing and newly emerging demands of a growing community,’’ she said.
She said council has an ongoing commitment to the renewal and replacement of its ageing infrastructure and in this financial year allocated $3.6million to the renewal of its ageing bridge network, while allocating an additional $4.07million to the resealing, re-sheeting and rehabilitation of roads within the shire.
Strathbogie Shire representatives will be available to listen to residents’ thoughts and queries on the draft budget and council plan in the 2016 Budget Roadshow.
The roadshow will be at the Mechanic’s Hall, in High St, Nagambie tomorrow, May 12 at 7pm. Council staff will be on hand to answer any questions.
●The 2016-17 draft budget is now available for download from Council’s website www.strathbogie.vic.gov.au