Budget feedback sought

By Benalla Ensign

Benalla Rural City Council is calling on the community to give feedback and submissions on the proposed 2018/19 Budget.

The council, at its meeting on April 18, released a proposed 2018/19 Budget that includes a maximum rate increase of 2.25per cent and a waste service charge increase of nine per cent plus a $33 per property charge to cover potential increases in recycling costs.

The proposed budget details $29.2 million revenue and $29.1 million expenditure representing a small surplus of $75000.

The proposed budget also includes $4195 million in capital projects for the construction of roads, bridges, footpaths and a landfill cell and plant replacement.

Chief executive officer Tony McIlroy said ongoing service delivery within a financially sustainable framework was central to the council’s operations and budget considerations.

‘‘This will be the third year the council has been implementing its internally driven strategy of doing the same with less,’’ Mr McIlroy said.

‘‘We have reduced our staff costs from 49per cent to 40.2 per cent of total operating expenditure and we are continually working to ensure we are delivering services in the most efficient, sustainable way.

‘‘There has never been a tougher time for rural councils and the council has been working on preparing a sustainable budget since late January.’’

●Feedback and submissions on the proposed budget can be received until 5pm on May 23 by emailing [email protected], at or by phoning the Customer Service Centre on (03)57602600.