Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Mayor Anita Dow

Mayor Anita Dow

COUNCIL has taken significant steps to reduce the rate burden on our ratepayers and we are pleased to be able to deliver an Annual Plan and Budget for 2017/18 that includes a rate reduction of 1%.

 This means that every ratepayer will receive a 1% reduction in Council rates including general and service rates. Council’s 2017 Financial Management Strategy, also plans for a 1% decrease in rates each year for the next five years to be delivered to our rate payers.

While Council is pleased to be able to reduce the rate burden for our ratepayers, disappointingly the State Government’s decision to raise fire levies by 5%, a levy which Council collects on their behalf, will impact on the savings to ratepayers.

Ratepayers within the CBD and some other commercial locations will receive additional general rate relief associated with changes to funding arrangements with City Link. Council will also be undertaking a review of City Link over the next two years, which will look at developing a revised model of business support in the city. We will work with City Link and all stakeholders in developing this new model.

The capital works program for 2018 has a key focus on renewing Council’s existing infrastructure. Capital works expenditure is $11.748m which includes $2.517m in new infrastructure spending, with highlights including the Marine Terrace Coastal Pathway, West Park oval drainage improvements and grassed terraces at Burnie Park.

In the coming year Council will undertake a Parking Strategy which will include revising our parking policy and pricing, and for the fifth consecutive year, Council will not increase metered parking fees in the CBD.