The adoption of the 2019-20 Pyrenees Shire Council budget means Council will be able to get started on some great projects.
Council will start building the much-anticipated Lexton Community Hub in the new financial year.
Activate Avoca projects including the inclusive play space, Avoca Railway Station parking and barbecue shelter are also budgeted for commencement soon.
Council Mayor Robert Vance said building the $2.7 million Lexton Community Hub would mean each town in the Pyrenees has a practical and modern community space.
“Council set about many years ago ensuring our community and sporting facilities were up to date and could serve our residents for many years to come,” Cr Vance said.
“I’m so pleased we’ve been able to get the Lexton project up off the ground with Federal, State and local funding and it is also great we’ll be able to build female friendly facilities at Carngham.”
This year’s budget encompassed a 2.5% rate rise, which is in-line with the State Government’s cap under the Fair Go Rates System.
Mayor Vance said this year’s budget committed to continuing key services such as ongoing road maintenance of the 2000kms of roads we are responsible for, our parks and gardens maintenance, Maternal Child Health services, libraries and aged care services.
“We spend close to half of our budget on our road network and our Roads to Recovery and Fixing Country Roads grants will go to upgrading sections of key link roads.
“Roads set for reconstruction include $2.2 million for sections of Vinoca Road, Raglan-Elmhurst Road, Langi Kal Kal Road, and the Eurambeen-Streatham Road.”
Council also adopted the updated Council Plan 2017-2021 at last night’s Special Council Meeting. Copies of the plan and budget are available via the links below.
Property revaluations are now done annually and, although Council’s rate increase is 2.50%, actual rate increases of individual properties are impacted by changes in property valuations. Individual rate increases are dependent on relativity to average valuation increases across the municipality. This means that if your property value increased by more than the average property value increase for the Shire, then your rates will increase by more than 2.50%; however, if your property value increased by less than the average property value increase for the Shire, your rates will increase by less than 2.50% and may in fact reduce from the previous year.
Cr Robert Vance Jim Nolan
Mayor Chief Executive Officer
Download Council's Budget : Budget 2019-20.pdf(PDF, 984KB)
Download Council's Plan via : Strategic Plans