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2017 Budget 2017 Budget

Barcaldine Regional Council adopted its 2017 budget at Special meeting held on Thursday 30 June 2016.

Ratepayers can expect an overall average rate increase of 1.5% for the 2017 financial year.

The average town rates will increase by $28.00 for the year.

Mayor Rob Chandler said: "Due to the hard economic conditions, Council has decided to apply a minimal rate increase while still adopting a balanced budget. Council is only able to do this due to funding from both the State and Federal Governments."

"Council has sufficient funding to retain its full workforce for the year, as well as to support local contractors."

"This year will see the completion of some significant projects including the Jericho Swimming Pool and the Eastmere Road jump-up north of Aramac."

"Council is expected to finish the year in a strong financial position thanks to the dedication of Councillors and employees."

2016 BUDGET SHAPSHOT:

Budget Totals  
Total Operating Income $31.69m
Total Capital Income $17.12m
Total Income $48.81m
   
Total Operating Expenditure $31.69m
Total Capital Expenditure $24.83m
Total Expenditure $56.52m


The Council cash balance is expected to increase by $0.4m to $23.49m at year end.

General Rates - per annum - Total General Rate = $ 4.10m (1.6% increase)
Alpha Town - $477.00 minimum or 0.715 cents in $
Jericho Town - $452.00 minimum or 0.715 cents in $
Aramac Town - $400.00 minimum or 0.715 cents in $
Muttaburra Town - $379.00 minimum or 0.715 cents in $
Barcaldine Town - $514.00 minimum or 0.715 cents in $
Rural Areas - $436.00 minimum or 0.843 cents in $

Total General Urban Rate = $.75m 
Total General Rural Rate = $3.35m

Base Water Charge - per annum - Total Water Charges = $1.27m (1.6% increase)
Alpha/Jericho - $667.80
Aramac/Muttaburra - $509.60
Barcaldine - $672.00

Base Sewerage Charge - per annum - Total Sewerage Charges = $0.87m (1.3% increase)
Aramac/Muttaburra/Barcaldine - $598.80

Refuse Charge - per annum Total Refuse Charges = $0.48m (1.5% increase)
Waste Management Charge - $79.20
Refuse Collection Charge - $178.60

Pensioner Rebates
Pensioners will continue to receive a 30% Council rebate on rates with a maximum Council rebate of $378.60 per annum.

Rates Notices
Rates will be payable by two instalments and will be due for payment on 21 October 2016 and 26 May 2017.

Roadworks

Alpha/Jericho Area: Rural Roads $3,025,000
  Town Streets $   417,000
  Pathways $     92,000
     
Aramac/Muttaburra Area: Rural Roads $1,682,000
  Town Streets $1,205,000
  Pathways $   192,000
     
Barcaldine Area: Rural Roads $   932,000
  Town Streets $1,250,000
  Pathways $   106,000
     
Regional Flood Damage work   $8,972,000


Operating Expenditure Highlights
Rural Services - $626,000
Parks and Gardens - $1,177,000
Libraries - $293,000
Swimming Pools - $473,000
Sport & Recreation Facilities - $367,000
Halls, Museums and Galleries - $204,000
Community Care Services - $1,068,000
Tourism - $329,000
Cultural Activities - $40,000
Donations to Community Organizations - $168,000


For further information please contact:
Mayor - Rob Chandler: 0427 512 314
CEO - Des Howard: 4651 5625