Plenty of win­ners in lat­est bud­get

Narrogin Observer - - News - Michael Traill

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.

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