Budget passed 

Council. Circular Head Council passed the Annual Plan and Budget Estimates for 2016/2017 at Thursday night’s monthly meeting and Mayor Daryl Quilliam says it was with a balanced approach in mind.

Cr Quilliam said that while infrastructure costs continue to increase, the council has continued to take a balanced approach with the general rate set at 1.87 per cent, which is consistent with the Local Government Association of Tasmania’s 2016 Council Cost Index.

“As usual, this increase is largely influenced by ongoing costs of maintaining and upgrading of more than 760 kilometres of roads in our municipal area.”

Mayor Quilliam said the council continued to look at ways in how it can meet increasing costs and the level of service provision in the community, while minimising any increases in the amount of rates paid by households.

“Council continues to have a resource sharing arrangement in place with Waratah-Wynyard Council and shares some services with Burnie City Council,” he said.

“We are also working with Waratah-Wynyard, Kentish and Latrobe councils on a combined review of our resource sharing arrangements and also on a larger regional perspective with the Cradle Coast Authority.

“This review, combined with a workforce plan, will ensure that council is taking the best approach to balancing the needs of our community, while keeping costs at a minimum.”

For more information visit www.circularhead.tas.gov.au.

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