Funding. Circular Head Council will table the Annual Plan and Budget Estimates as well as the Rates Resolution for 2018-19 at its monthly meeting tonight.
Circular Head Mayor Daryl Quilliam said balancing the cost of living with increasing financial pressure is a priority for council.
“This has been a challenge but I believe we have found the right balance for our ratepayers,” Mayor Quilliam said.
“The recommendation is for a general rate increase of two per cent which is actually lower than the Local Government Association of Tasmania’s 2018 Council Cost Index.
“In order to prevent large rate rises in the future and to deal with an immediate deficit incurred by the opening of the new wellbeing centre, there will be a large focus upon efficient operations and re-shaping how we continue to deliver services to the community.”
An allocation of $5 million is included in the budget for the Circular Head Community Wellbeing Centre, on track to be operational later this year.
“This is a huge project not only for council but for the whole community and we know many are waiting with great anticipation for the opening,” Mayor Quilliam said.
The budget includes a significant Capital Works Program with $1.5 million in funding allocated to rural road resheeting and resealing and a further $1 million to go towards the rehabilitation of Mawbanna Road.
Main Road, Stanley between Cripps and Victoria streets will undergo reconstruction while Connells Cross Road between Upper Scotchtown Road and Irishtown Road will be resealed.
Residents in John Street, Smithton will receive a footpath and Massey Street between King and Smith streets will undergo reconstruction.
The Smithton Landscape Development Strategy will receive $20,000 while $30,000 will go towards drainage at West Esplanade, Smithton and Hellyer Beach residents and visitors will benefit from an $85,000 investment to the walkway.
There is also additional funding for Circular Head Tourism Association projects including year two of a marketing plan and installation of life size tourist photo frames at Marrawah, Stanley and Smithton.
Other highlights include commitments to a shared service business improvement project with Waratah-Wynyard Council and Burnie City Council and improvements to information technology which will enable staff to access information and data remotely and in the field.
Circular Head Council’s monthly meeting will be held tonight (Thursday June 21) at 33 Goldie Street, Smithton from 6pm.