The Karoonda East Murray Council has released their Draft Annual Business Plan and Budget for Community Consultation with rate payers in the region to be hit with a 5% rate hike.
Council will also introduce an annual $200 waste management fee, saying the increase will only cover $80,000 of the $120,000 required to remove waste from the region. A full waste management review will be undertaken in the year ahead to asses the viability of the current service.
The rate increase will also cover $1.4 million in the resheeting of 34kms of roads and $210,000 for the long awaited Karoonda Area School pool redevelopment.
Council Chief Executive Officer Matthew Morgan says the 2018/19 plan and budget will put Council in a strong financial position for the years ahead.
“2018-19 will be a year for strategic planning, wins in service delivery and identifying cost savings and efficiencies,” he says.
“We need to ensure we can position ourselves to start delivering the long-term community vision, which will ensure the region can sustainably position itself to thrive and prosper into the future."
“As that vision develops, Council will be conducting significant community consultation to engage local residents and give them a say in the future of our region."
“We have a new team across the board and with upcoming elections in November, 2018 is shaping up to be a year of significant change for Council.”
You can give your feedback on the plan up until July 4, you can find the link on our website.