Budget to deliver 1% rate reduction for 2019/20

Published on 25 June 2019

Burnie Park - from above

Burnie City Council will hold a Special Meeting this evening to adopt the 2019/20 Annual Plan and Budget Estimates.

Burnie City Council Mayor Steve Kons said, “Council will be presented a budget that will deliver on the third year of the five-year Financial Management Strategy to reduce the rates burden on our ratepayers and we are pleased to be able to deliver an Annual Plan and Budget for 2020 that includes a rate reduction of 1%.

“While Council has provided for a 1% reduction, movements in rates and charges for individual properties will vary due to the Valuer General conducting a municipal revaluation during 2018-19. 

“Council is budgeting for a modest underlying surplus of $2,000.

“It is important to note that the State Government have again raised fire levies by a significant amount, with the total amount collected increasing by 6.06%.  Council is obligated to collect the levy on behalf of the State Government. Council will continue to lobby for a review into the funding model, which determines the fire service contributions, be undertaken as increases are high and placing a financial burden on ratepayers.

“Council remains committed to continuous improvement in the services offered to our community, ensuring they provide value and remain in line with the community expectations.

“Council’s financial position continues to be strong and Council will be well placed to meet its commitments comfortably. The net worth of Council as at 30 June 2020 is expected to be $406.5m.

“Council is continually focused on infrastructure that will support the needs of the region into the future. Council’s 2020 budget includes a capital works program of $10.5m including $4.4m in new infrastructure spending. New projects focus on creating an attractive place to live, work and play through building stronger communities and promoting a broad range of quality leisure, recreational and sporting opportunities. These values are consistent with our community strategic plan Making Burnie 2030 that we are working toward. New projects include the third stage of widening of Mooreville Road $0.712m, resealing of West Park Grove $0.306m, upgrades to facilities at West Park $0.424m, new toilets and change rooms at South Burnie Beach $0.306m and a new toilet facility at the Barker Street reserve $0.103m.

“This budget also includes a program that will provide a whole of community response to social outcomes, including educational achievement, workforce participation and social inclusion, within a Collective Impact framework. The project will be funded by Federal and State Grants of $0.865m.

“Council was also successful in receiving a $5m Federal Grant for the Burnie Cultural Precinct Project.

“Council is actively seeking funding for further community infrastructure projects as we continue to pursue Making Burnie 2030; such as the Coastal Pathway from Cooee to Wynyard and a multi-purpose sports centre.

“2019 and beyond promises to be exciting as our city and region continue to prosper and I look forward to Council adopting this Annual Plan and Budget Estimates and delivering the outcomes for the coming year.”