Council adopts 2016/17 Annual Plan & Budget Estimates

Burnie City Council adopted the 2016/17 Annual Plan and Budget Estimates at its June Council Meeting held this evening.

Burnie City Council Mayor Anita Dow said, “Council and staff have worked hard to successfully deliver a budget that is consistent with the targets contained in the ten year Financial Management Strategy, to ensure Council is fiscally responsible and sustainable into the future.”

Council is budgeting for a modest return to surplus in 2016/17, with the budgeted underlying surplus of $3,000.

“Council has been conscious of containing costs to ensure that any rate increases are kept as low as possible. This is reflected in the general rate increase of 0.4%. Together with other service charge increases, rates notices will increase on average by 1.8%.”

“Council is a collection agency on behalf of the State Fire Commission and the fire levies pay for fire protection services. Fire levies have increased significantly for the Burnie municipality, with the State Fire Commission applying a 7.3% increase in the Urban Fire Levy, 8.2% increase in the Rural Fire Levy and 5.9% increase in the Ridgley Fire Levy. The fire levy represents 0.5% of Council’s total 1.8% average increase, with the remaining 1.3% consistent with general price increases.”

“Council is now in the final year of a six year Waste Strategy associated with recovering increased costs associated with the Waste Transfer and Resource Recovery Facility. The Facility is now operating sustainable and there is no significant price increases expected in the future.”

“Council has revised its early payment discount from 4.0% to 3.0%. The early payment discount is designed to reward those ratepayers willing and able to pay upfront in return for Council having those funds at its disposal for the full year. The reduction in the early discount payment is consistent with lower interest rates in recent years.”

“This year’s capital works expenditure is $13.488m which includes $5.2m in new infrastructure spending. The new spending is focused on promoting health and well-being, attracting investment and improvements to recreational spaces.”

“Some highlights include Romaine Dam Raising, South Burnie Foreshore enhancement, and rural road renewals and upgrades of $1.3m. Fernglade Road upgrade and the shared pathway linking Portside to the Waterfront.  The Council will continue to work with UTAS to implement the West Park Masterplan.”

For further information please contact

Janine Phillips
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
03 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728