Development growth in Murray Bridge has helped the local council put forward a Draft Budget Plan for the new financial year that doesn’t involve an increase in property rates.
While $4.3 million will be spent on upgrading roads and footpaths, $2.5 million for open space development and the upgrade to the town’s entrance, the budget will be propped up by increases in property values, new properties in the region and a increase to the fixed charge payable by all properties going up by $23.
"This ongoing investment in new and existing infrastructure is demonstrated by our draft Capital Program of $10.4m which includes $3.5m in new works. Council’s ongoing commitment to financial sustainability delivers this significant investment through the planed return of an operating surplus under pinned by a modest increase in rates." said Murray Bridge Mayor Brenton Lewis.
"The Draft Annual Business Plan demonstrates our commitment to delivering quality services, maintaining financial accountability and sustainability, working with our communities and most importantly securing a proud, safe and progressive future for the Rural City of Murray Bridge."
CEO michael Sedgman says they are working hard to ensure the financial impact on residents is minimal.
"The Draft Annual Business Plan for 2018/19 continues our progress in delivering the vision of our Community Plan and Strategic Plan. It has been developed with consideration of the current economic environment and the consequent pressures on our communities."
"There has been considerable effort made to balance the needs of our communities with sustained investment in infrastructure and services."
To have your say on the Draft Annual Business Plan, you can head to the Rural City of Murray Bridge website.