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Council working towards zero per cent general rates rise
8 February, 2019
The Fraser Coast Regional Council has begun work on the next financial year’s budget with an aim to achieve a zero per cent general rates rise.
Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour this week chaired a meeting with Councillors and senior officers as part of preliminary discussions and development of the 2019/20 Council Budget.
“I am working with my colleagues to achieve a budget with a zero per cent general rates rise through finding efficiencies and cost savings, such as keeping our overall materials and services costs at the same level as 2018/19,” he said.
“Despite rises in electricity, wage rates and other costs, we believe this is achievable by finding efficiencies within our operations.
“Putting together a budget is a big process and there is a lot of work to do over the next few months.
“The Council team is working well together and we’re working well with other levels of government.
“It’s about prioritising projects, meeting community needs and doing it within our means while still catering for the growth in our population.”
Council anticipates a 2.5 per cent increase in water and sewerage charges in 2019/20 due to significant infrastructure investment in coming years, while the Queensland Government’s new waste levy will also have an impact on the budget.
Cr Seymour said Council’s debt was at its lowest level in a decade and there would be no new borrowings in the 2019/20 Budget with Council determined to ensure debt remained at a sustainable level into the future.
“Managing your finances effectively is one of the hallmarks of good government,” he said.
“The Fraser Coast Regional Council is focussed on sound economic management and living within our means so we can deliver good services and facilities for our communities.
“As a Council, we want to see the community thrive, to be a healthy, optimistic and vibrant place – a place where people of all ages feel at home, feel welcome and have opportunities.”