Home owners will see a 2.5% rise in their annual rates bill
SCENIC Rim Regional Council has delivered a $79.4 million Budget for the next financial year.
Mayor John Brent said there would be an increase in the minimum general rate of 2.5% for owner-occupied residential properties in the Scenic Rim.
Cr Brent said improvements to the region's roads and bridges remained a priority for expenditure, with almost $22.7 million to be injected into road and bridge maintenance and improvements.
"Spending on roads and bridges will increase by 7% in 2015-16, another record commitment to building the infrastructure our growing region needs," he said. "Over the past six years we have increased expenditure in this vital area by more than 40%. This is in addition to the support we have received under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements to restore damaged infrastructure.
"Our focus remains firmly fixed on the delivery of core services and infrastructure to the Scenic Rim community, providing value for money outcomes for our ratepayers and the long-term financial sustainability of Council.
"In 2015-16 we will continue to invest in the maintenance of our community facilities with an increase in expenditure of almost 4%, while community and cultural services will benefit from a 2.5% boost."
Cr Brent said the council had sought to deliver a 2015-16 Budget which was both fiscally responsible and financially sustainable, allowing the organisation to continue to build for the future.
"Council's operating expenditure per capita has remained constant for the past three years," he said.
"Additional revenues generated through rating outcomes and efficiency savings achieved by the council have been directed to new capital initiatives, such as our Vibrant and Active Towns and Villages program," he said.