TOUGH DECISIONS: South Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell said the 2018-19 budget sets the council on a sustainable footing.
TOUGH DECISIONS: South Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell said the 2018-19 budget sets the council on a sustainable footing. Michael Nolan

This is how much your rates will rise by

HOME owners can expect their rates to increase by 2.5 per cent after South Burnett Regional Council passed its 2018-19 budget on June 25.

This increase, along with a series of staff redundancies and cost-cutting measures, means the council was able to produce its first operational surplus since amalgamation.

Mayor Keith Campbell said the 2018-19 budget was the result of some tough calls.

"Unfortunately, as with all businesses, our financial sustainability underpins all our operations,” he said.

"To that end we have made some hard decisions to ensure future financial sustainability, such as reducing our workforce and reviewing the amount of revenue we forego through our grant and rate remission programs.

"In the coming year we will be reviewing our property assets and service levels in our parks and recreational areas in an endeavour to reduce costs further and reduce upward pressure on future rates.”

Key items in the budget includes moving the Road Infrastructure and Environmental Levies into the general rates and a $4 a year increase in wheelie bin collections.

The council is about to undergo a full-scale review of the $900 million in assets it owns, with the view to reduce part of this portfolio.

About $2.4 million will be spent replacing heavy plant equipment, while the council will also look at close to $1.5 million that will be spent on upgrades for the Murgon and Kingaroy pools.

Pensioners will continue to receive a rates discount.