BUDGET COVERAGE: Council hands down 2020-21 budget

UPDATE 10.50am: The council meeting has concluded. For a full analysis of the Ipswich City Council 2020-21 budget and what it means for you, visit qt.com.au

UPDATE 10.30am: The council adopted a new councillor discretionary funds policy, which see each councillor have access to $18,000 every year.

"This proposal is looking at being very open," Cr Harding said.

This is a total of $162,000 across the nine councillors a year.

"Under the previous council, it was $1.4 million."

It was adopted unanimously.

UPDATE 10.05am: The council adopted a motion to provide discounts for ratepayers struggling to pay their rates who enter a repayment plan with the council.

UPDATE: 10am: The Ipswich City Council Operational Plan 2020-2021 was adopted unanimously.

UPDATE 9.56am: The council adopted the budget unanimously.

UPDATE 9.55am: Ipswich councillors voted against a pay rise for this financial year, which Cr Harding said would be passed on to the community and those "really in need".

UPDATE 9.50am: The budget includes $232 million for capital works, of which $26 million will be spent on road maintenance.

About $13 million will be spent on strategic transport infrastructure.

Cr Harding said the budget would be running at a deficit to keep the council's 1300 staff employed and maintain services.

UPDATE 9.45am: Cr Harding said the average rates rise for homeowners would be equal to 98 cents a week per household, which was a 2.75 per cent per annum rise.

"Through this budget we're asking everyone to do their small bit," she said.

"This is a budget for our times.

"This budget is about sustaining jobs and creating jobs locally.

"I am deeply, deeply sorry to have to ask you to share this burden."

EARLIER: Ipswich City Council will hand down its first budget post-administration this morning.

Mayor Teresa Harding said the $600 million 2020-21 budget will focus on jobs, economic growth and investment.

Follow along with our live coverage, starting from 9.30am.



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