Alpine Shire adopts 2014/15 budget

25 July, 2014

ALPINE Shire Council has adopted its 2014/15 Budget, committing to save from $1 – $1.5million in recurring operational costs by the end of the year, primarily through reducing staff numbers.

The budget was adopted at a Special Council Meeting on Tuesday, 22 July. A Long Term Financial Plan for the next 10 years is also included in this budget.

Mayor Peter Roper said the budget heralded a new, more sustainable era for Alpine Shire Council.

“When we released this budget for public comment we made clear our commitment to cut operational costs,” he said.

“This budget seeks to balance the demand for services and infrastructure with the community’s capacity to pay.

“Sustainability is an issue for all small rural Councils and we’re determined to ensure we deliver the best service for ratepayers’ dollars and support our communities to grow and prosper into the future.

“This budget incorporates the work we’ve done around long-term financial and project planning and recognises the need to curb operational spending or risk being unsustainable.”

The average residential ratepayer will see an increase in their rates of around 4.54%, or approximately $72 per year.

Cr Roper said the commitment to achieve a $1 - $1.5million saving aims to minimise future rate increases and ensure ratepayers are getting the best possible value for their rates.

“This is the best way to ensure that we can invest in improved community infrastructure and make our rate revenue work as hard as possible for our residents,” he said.

“We are committed to seeing rate revenue result in on-the-ground infrastructure and services that contribute to the growth and wellbeing of our communities.”

11 submissions were made to the draft budget. Chief Executive Officer Dave Barry said submissions are an important way to ensure the budget was comprehensive.

“Those who made submission had the opportunity to present to Council,” he said.

“Some submissions have been incorporated into the budget and others will be addressed externally to the budget process.”

“As always we are seeking to reduce our internal costs so that as much money as possible is put towards to meeting the needs of our community, including the needs highlighted in budget submissions.”


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