Isaac Budget backs long term future
ISAAC Regional Council demonstrated its commitment to the long term future of the region, investing $37.5 million in new capital works in essential infrastructure, as part of its 2015-16 Budget, unanimously adopted today.
Mayor Anne Baker said she was pleased to deliver the 2015-16 Budget themed 'Our Infrastructure, Our Future,' on behalf of Council and Isaac communities.
"Council is not immune to the challenging economic conditions faced by our communities, businesses and industry and has worked hard to deliver a fiscally responsible budget," Cr Baker said.
"Our key priority this financial year is to invest in essential infrastructure, ensuring that vital community services meet the long-term needs and priorities of our people."
Roads and drainage, water and sewerage infrastructure and resource recovery are the focus areas of improvement across the region.
Isaac's Capital Works Budget will deliver 221 new projects worth $37.5 million including:
•$16.7 million for Roads and Drainage
•$5 million for Water
•$4.8 million for Sewerage
•$4 million for Resource Recovery
•$2.7 million for Facilities and Recreation
•$1.8 million for Parks and Gardens
•$1.2 million for Plant, Fleet and Workshops
•$1 million for Service and Support
•$300,000 for Planning and Development
Mayor Baker said Council continually reviews and adjusts its rating categories to ensure an equitable distribution of the cost of its operations across all rating categories.
"We have worked hard to keep the average general rate increase across the Principal Place of Residence category to 2.2 per cent," she said.
"Around 78 per cent of the 1,425 ratepayers in this category will receive an increase of 2.2 per cent or less in their next general rates.
"This is a responsible increase in the current economic climate.
"Operationally, we continue to focus our resources on delivering core Local Government services and programs such as SHARP (Strengthening Healthy and Attractive Regional Places).
"As a council we are committed to doing our best to serve our communities, so Isaac continues on its journey towards being a vibrant and attractive region to live, work and play - not only for us today, but for generations to come.
"I would like to sincerely acknowledge and thank my fellow Councillors for their ongoing commitment to working together to deliver a responsible budget to the communities they represent.
"I would like to acknowledge the hard work of all staff lead by Acting CEO Graham Webb in the delivery of this budget, it is very much appreciated."