Mayor Chambers calls rate rise ‘necessary’
THE North Burnett Regional Council announced its budget for the 2017/2018 financial year yesterday and Mayor Rachel Chambers said the 3.9% rates rise was necessary for the region.
“This year, we have decided on a rate increase of 3.9% which will increase our rates income by $347,528 than that of last year,” Cr Chambers said.
“Since amalgamation council has been effectively spending more money than it is bringing in, with this year being no different.”
“The North Burnett region relies heavily on external funding as we have a very limited ability to generate our own source revenue. External grants and subsidies account for 47% of our total budget and we are grateful of each and every time we are notified by the State or Commonwealth of a successful application.”
Cr Chambers reiterated the council’s stance on fixing roads within the region.
“We have continued our rural roads program to the tune of just over $9 million and have invested $1 million in streets, kerbs and footpaths,” she said.
“Eight bridges are undergoing major refurbishment or repairs to a total of just over $5 million.
“With our recent experience with ex Tropical Cyclone Debbie we have invested $12,000 in a Disaster Management Community Dashboard which will allow us to more conveniently communicate road conditions and closures to the community.”
The budget was passed unanimously by councillors.
BUDGET DELIVERED: North Burnett Regional Council Mayor Rachel Chambers.