Read the latest City Limits magazine column by Mayor Kris Hanna.
This article appears in City Limits magazine - Issue 52 - August 2016.
When Council was deciding whether to lower the rate rise to 2.75 or 2.5% recently I was pleased to use my casting vote for the lower option - giving us Marion’s lowest rise in more than 15 years.
Ideally, I would like to see rate rises down to the level of inflation but there are two challenges. Every year the State Government imposes higher costs and more obligations on local government.
A large expenditure for any council is its wages bill which, for Marion, represents 40 per cent of the total budget. Council continues to look at reducing its overall costs while improving services to the community.
Despite the cost pressures, we continue to build. The new dog park in Trott Park, and Jervois Street playspace in South Plympton, are ready for you. In the recent budget, the Councillors and I insisted on more than doubling the increase in funds for maintenance of Council buildings, an extra half a million dollars for beautifying our local streets and half a million to apply solar panels and energy efficiency measures to Council buildings. Meanwhile a new building at Edwardstown Oval, and a BMX track for Majors Road, are fully funded to build in the next couple of years.
Leading up to the Federal election I lobbied many politicians as part of Council’s campaign to fix Oaklands Crossing. The $40m "new" money promised by the Federal Government, plus the State Government's offer of $150m Fed/State funds left over from the Northern Connector, makes it look like the Crossing really will be fixed!
Mayor, City of Marion
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