Where the $66M budget will be spent in the South Burnett
SOUTH Burnett Regional Council will be investing in many projects and services within the community over the next financial year.
Mayor Keith Campbell said the $66 million operational budget and $20.8 million capital budget was affordable and achievable.
"Council aims to invest in projects and services that are in the best interest for our community and region," he said.
More than $19 million will go towards asset depreciation which will ensure the quality conditions of the council's property, infrastructure, plant and equipment is maintained.
"We are not necessarily looking to take on new projects, instead we're fixing our assets to maintain our services to the community," Cr Campbell said.
High portions of the money will also go towards community services and facilities, water and road maintenance.
More than $49 million in rates and charges from ratepayers will contribute to the overall income for the council.
Other incomes for this financial year includes equipment sales, rental income and grants.
Rates and charges have increased by 4.04 per cent overall, which includes a rural fire levy of $25 and a waste management levy of $150.50.
The council have introduced a separate 'community rescue and evacuation' charge of $4 to assist the aerial emergency rescue and evacuation transport providers, like LifeFlight, who service the South Burnett region.
South Burnett residents will see a general rates increase of up to 1.9 per cent.
The general rates will go towards mostly community services, infrastructure and general operations.
The $20.8M capital program will consist of $3.478M towards building and assets, $2.745M for plants and fleets and $873,000 on information technology.
The program will allocate $1.82M for water supply, $855,000 for waste water and $401,000 for waste services.
It will also include $10.646M allocated to the road and drainage network.
The current total spend on the region's road network, inclusive of maintenance and state and federal funded projects to $20.061M.
The money spent on road maintenance alone is $6.885M up from $6.750M last year.
The council has allocated $33M for the capital expenditure program.
This will see renovations at the Mondure Hall, the Yallakool Caravan and Recreation Park, roof resheeting at Ringsfield House and water main replacements.
There will also be a lot of investment in road works.
These include $5.026M gravel re-sheeting as per the gravel re-sheeting plan, and bitumen seals on Old Esk Rd ($380,000), on Niagara Rd ($154,000), on Mary St and the Coolabunia State School carpark ($140,000).
Other significant operations and maintenance of other essential activities which includes:
- $1.884M on buildings, tourist facilities, VICS, museums, caravan parks
- $1.134M on pools and halls
- $236,000 on aerodrome
- $3.707M on sport, parks and public conveniences
- $699,000 on NRM, pest management, dips and sale yards
- $453,000 on cemeteries
- $1.341 on libraries
- $336,000 on council depots and properties
- $8.037M on water supplies
- $4.312M on wastewater supplies
- $4.89M on wastewater collection and disposal
- $6.123M on plant and fleet
The council has continued to manage their debt and estimate they will reduce their debt level by $2.4M.
There are no new loans during this financial year, however during the 2020/21 financial year money may be borrowed for water allocation, a Gordonbrook Dam Wall upgrade and a Kingaroy Trunk Infrastructure.
There will be some relief for ratepayers.
The council will provide a discount of 10 per cent for those who pay their rates within 30 days of the rate notice's issue date.
Eligible South Burnett pensioners will be able to receive up to $400 per annum off their annual rate fees.
This year the council have introduced a financial hardship policy for those ratepayers who are experiencing serious financial hardship, and as a result are willing, but unable to pay their rates and charges.
Read more about the South Burnett Regional Council's 2019/20 budget here.