Rates rise less than last year

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - FRONT PAGE - David Charlesworth

FOL­LOW­ING a re­view of Har­vey Shire Coun­cil’s 2018/19 draft bud­get last week, the coun­cil has found cost-sav­ing mea­sures to cap its rates rise to less than 3 per cent.

An ear­lier draft pro­posed a 3.5 per cent rise, equal to last year, but fol­low­ing the re­view that fig­ure is likely to be less than 3 per cent, Har­vey shire pres­i­dent Ta­nia Jack­son said.

The coun­cil re­viewed the bud­get at a special meet­ing on July 2 and ex­pects to of­fi­cially adopt the draft on July 17.

Cr Jack­son said de­spite cuts to fund­ing from the State Gov­ern­ment, the coun­cil tried to keep rates as low as pos­si­ble.

“We did look at rates rises across the re­gion and main­tained a mod­est in­crease,” Cr Jack­son said.

The early rates pay­ment dis- count was main­tained at 7 per cent while the rub­bish col­lec­tion charge in­creased by $5 to $255.

Cr Jack­son said while the coun­cil went through the draft bud­get line by line, a few changes had to be made.

“A few amend­ments we made by the end of the meet­ing weren’t sub­stan­tial,” she said.

“There were a few du­pli­ca­tions and ad­min­is­tra­tive changes.”

In­fra­struc­ture projects out­lined in the bud­get in­clude con­struc­tion of the $1.02 mil­lion Aus­tralind State Emer­gency Ser­vices sta­tion and $395,000 for a new Bin­ningup Fire Sta­tion.

Cr Jack­son said the coun­cil had also se­cured Lot­tery­west and in­sur­ance fund­ing to re­build the Yar­loop Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

“We should get ten­ders out for that this fi­nan­cial year,” she said.

The bud­get also in­cluded the con­struc­tion of stage 2 of the Brunswick River Cot­tages, the sec­ond stage of the Ur­ban For­est Project, up­grades to the Har­vey Re­cre­ation and Cul­tural Cen­tre and Leschenault Leisure Cen­tre and a con­tri­bu­tion to the Brunswick Men’s Shed.

Cr Jack­son said she was pleased coun­cil staff had de­liv­ered a bal­anced bud­get this year.

“We were happy not to have to work through and find those dol­lars, our staff did that work for us,” she said.

While not all project ap­pli­ca­tions were suc­cess­ful, Cr Jack­son said a num­ber of sub­mis­sions re­ceived par­tial fund­ing.

Cr Jack­son said cuts to the Di­rect Road Grants pool and other State Gov­ern­ment grants pro­grams last year had an im­pact on the Har­vey bud­get and sub­se­quently the pro­jected rates rise.

“We’ve had to ad­just the bud­get ac­cord­ingly,” she said.

“For all lo­cal gov­ern­ments there’s a deficit in road pro­grams which the lo­cal gov­ern­ments will have to catch up with over time.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.