Barcaldine Regional Council adopted its 2018 budget at its General Meeting held on Wednesday 28 June 2017.
Ratepayers can expect an overall average rate increase of 1.85% for the 2018 financial year.
The average town rates will increase by $39 for the year.
Mayor Rob Chandler said: “This year will see the completion of some significant projects including the new Aramac Swimming Pool, the Muttaburrasaurus Interpretation Centre in Muttaburra, the Globe Gallery in Barcaldine, the Jericho Washdown Facility and the Alpha Showground Watering System.
Funding for projects is always difficult to obtain. Council applies for as much funding as possible to ensure that we retain our workforce and improve roads and community facilities.
A big focus for the coming year is the maintenance of existing roads, buildings and other infrastructure.
We are grateful for the contribution made by both State and Federal Governments to ensure that we can provide the services and facilities that we have in our region.”
2018 BUDGET SNAPSHOT:
Total Operating Income $ 21.58m
Total Capital Income $ 10.78m
Total Income $ 32.36m
Total Operating Expenditure $ 29.01m
Total Capital Expenditure $ 16.74m
Total Expenditure $ 45.75m
General Rates - per annum – Total General Rate = $ 4.17m (1.76% increase)
Alpha Town $ 490.00 minimum or 0.716 cents in $
Jericho Town $ 465.00 minimum or 0.716 cents in $
Aramac Town $ 413.00 minimum or 0.716 cents in $
Muttaburra Town $ 392.00 minimum or 0.716 cents in $
Barcaldine Town $ 527.00 minimum or 0.716 cents in $
Rural Areas $ 446.00 minimum or 0.716 cents in $
Total General Urban Rate = $0.74m
Total General Rural Rate = $3.42m
Water Charge - per annum - Total Water Charges = $1.30m (2.0% increase)
Alpha and Jericho $ 681.00
Aramac and Muttaburra $ 520.00
Barcaldine $ 685.40
Sewerage Charge - per annum - Total Sewerage Charges = $0.90m (2.0% increase)
Aramac/Muttaburra/Barcaldine $ 610.80
Refuse Charge - per annum – Total Refuse Charges = $0.49m (2.0% increase)
Waste Management Charge $ 80.80
Refuse Collection Charge $ 182.20
Pensioners will continue to receive a 30% Council rebate on rates with a maximum Council rebate of $386.20 per annum.
Rates will be payable by two instalments and will be due for payment on 23 October 2017 and 28 May 2018.
Alpha & Jericho District: Rural Roads $3,210,000
Town Streets $ 560,000
Pathways $ 50,000
Aramac & Muttaburra District: Rural Roads $1,508,000
Town Streets $1,425,000
Pathways $ 25,000
Barcaldine District: Rural Roads $2,156,000
Town Streets $1,148,000
Pathways $ 65,000
Regional Maintenance work $1,176,000
TOTAL Roadworks $11,323,000
Operating Expenditure Highlights
Rural Services - $847,500
Parks and Gardens - $1,244,000
Libraries - $279,000
Swimming Pools - $473,000
Sport & Recreation Facilities - $504,500
Halls, Museums and Galleries - $283,500
Community Care Services - $1,081,000
Events and Tourism - $463,000
Cultural Activities - $57,000
Airports - $300,000
Donations to Community Organizations - $220,900
For further information please contact:
Mayor - Rob Chandler: 0427 512 314
CEO - Des Howard: 4651 5625