Plenty of winners in latest budget
Ratepayers in Wagin will see a 3.5 per cent increase in their Shire rates as part of the 2018-19 budget.
Shire of Wagin deputy executive officer Brian Roderick said the increase “assists in provision of service delivery that meets reasonable community needs”.
“It also ensures that critical infrastructure asset renewal is funded over the time frame of the longterm financial plan,” he said.
Among the highlights for this coming financial year’s budget is an electronic advertising sign, expected to be developed on Tudhoe Street for $40,250.
Mr Roderick hopes the sign will boost the town’s tourism profile.
For capital expenses, $1,117,083 has been marked, while $619,000 will be spent on service vehicles owned by the Shire.
Wagin Aerodrome will receive a combined $55,000.
Work throughout the CBD has received $172,000 and will include the Footpath Upgrade Program, town centre development and “townscape enhancement”.
For installing solar panels, $35,000 has been allocated, primarily on the Wagin Memorial Swimming Pool’s building and the town’s depot will receive $20,000 in upgrades to its amenity room, while the refuse site will receive $30,000.
Another $141,000 has been allocated to various improvements and developments for the town’s assets.
Including upgrades to the Wagin Cemetery, reticulation for sports grounds, upgrades to the medical centre and an $8000 playground instalment at wetlands park.
The Shire is also investing $10,000 information technology upgrades.