Ash­bur­ton faces ‘chal­lenges’ bal­anc­ing needs

Pilbara News - - News - ■ Peter de Krui­jff

The Shire of Ash­bur­ton has in­tro­duced a rates con­ces­sion val­ued at $294,215 in their 201516 bud­get for residential and com­mu­nity rated prop­er­ties.

Prop­er­ties whose val­u­a­tions have in­creased from 2014-15 to 2015-16 are el­i­gi­ble.

Shire Pres­i­dent Kerry White said the bud­get proved dif­fi­cult as the coun­cil sought to bal­ance the needs of the com­mu­nity against a down­turn in the min­ing in­dus­try and ad­just­ments in prop­erty val­u­a­tions be­tween towns.

“These fac­tors re­quired coun­cil to show pru­dence and dis­cre­tion in the se­lec­tion of which of the many fund­ing re­quests could be ac­com- mo­dated in the bud­get,” she said.

“Whilst the fu­ture is bright for Ash­bur­ton, there are still chal­lenges to be faced and coun­cil will work proac­tively to deal with them in a pos­i­tive and eq­ui­table man­ner.”

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