Council's budget priorities
Read about council's budget for 2015/16.
This article appears in City Limits magazine - Issue 49 - August 2015.
Council has set its budget priorities for the coming year which will see almost $20 million invested in core services, including roads, drains and footpaths.
Work will also begin on revitalising sports facilities and reviewing more than $1 billion of assets, including the stormwater drainage network, community facilities and streetscapes.
These key objectives are set to be achieved on the back of an average household rate rise of 2.9 per cent - Marion’s lowest in almost 20 years.
The plan is based on forecasted gross savings in operating expenditure of about $3.2 million over the next 12 months.
Mayor Kris Hanna said increasing efficiency would enable council to deliver on its promises.
“We’ve worked hard on the budget to constrain the rates increase while maintaining services,” Mayor Hanna said.
“Increasing efficiencies, cost reduction and pursuing external funding for community projects will be a priority.
“Additionally, council is developing options for sports facilities, including BMX and soccer in the south, a multipurpose indoor stadium and upgrades to the Mitchell Park Sports and Community Club and the Edwardstown Soldiers’ Memorial Recreation Ground.”
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