Have your say on the budget
Published on 04 May 2021
Residents are invited to have their say on Council's 2021-22 budget at community engagement sessions next week.
The sessions will be held at the Civic Centre on May 10 at 10am and 6pm, with Council’s General Manager, Jay Nankivell, finance staff, and Councillors all on hand to chat with the public.
Last week Councillors voted to put the budget and long term financial plan on public display for 28 days, with Council also voting in favour of a budget model that would see rates in the city's industrial area reduced by 15%, whilst returning other business rates in the city to their 2019 levels.
The budget would also see $7.25 million spent on capital works, with the majority going on roads and footpaths (59%), plant and equipment (26%), and the city's parks and open spaces (12%).
Council is budgeting for a deficit of $555,000 in 2021-22, but remains on track for a return to surplus in 2023 as outlined in its Long Term Financial Plan.
Council's General Manager, Jay Nankivell, said staff and Councillors would welcome any public feedback on Council’s financial plans.
"We believe it's a good budget given recent circumstances, but we're always keen to hear from the public if they don't feel we have the balance right," said Mr Nankivell.
"We've got a very heavy focus toward renewing infrastructure such as roads, footpaths, and parks, and we think that's in line with what people want to see.
"I encourage anyone with an interest in the financial side of Council to come along and share their thoughts with staff and Councillors."
Council's draft Delivery Program 2021-2022 incorporating Operational Plan 2021-2022 inclusive of Draft Fees and Charges (budget) and Long Term Financial Plan can be found here.
Those wishing to make a submission to either plan can do so here.