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The budget includes:

·  $10.505 million in capital works

· $2.481 million for infrastructure works, including depot operations and maintenance of roads, bridges, footpaths and drainage

· $10.505 million in capital works

· $2.481 million for infrastructure works, including depot operations and maintenance of $473,000 for economic development and tourism

· $450,000 for community development

Download the 2013/14 Budget here

Amendments to the draft Budget put forward for consideration in June this year include an increase to capital grant income for projects approved since 19 June, including $497,700 for Putting Locals First funding for Tatong and Swanpool, $234,142 for the Devenish Drainage project, and $150,000 in grants income for Business Growth in the Enterprise Park subdivision.

Councillor allowances have also been lowered, saving $4,036 which will contribute to funding for a digital projector at the Benalla Performing Arts and Convention Centre.

“We are proud as a team to have adopted this responsible budget,” said Mayor Cr Barbara Alexander. “It has been prepared based on the 2013-17 Strategic Resource Plan, and ensures that we are balancing expectations around services and capital projects against the community’s ability to pay.”

Cr Alexander said that the Strategic Resource Plan provided a sound basis for reducing Council debt in the current Council term to an indebtedness ratio of less than 35%. The Plan would ensure no other major project would be undertaken, pending the completion of the Civic Precinct Revitalisation Project and the Benalla Town Hall Project. The following projects are being advanced to 'shovel ready' status (that is, ·feasibility, planning and design):

· Benalla Aquatic Centre Redevelopment

· Enterprise Park Subdivision

· Benalla Airport Redevelopment

· Visitor Information Centre Redevelopment

“This Budget is forward-looking and provides us with an important next step in implementing our new Council Plan,” Cr Alexander said. “Thank you to the Council officers who have worked hard to bring this complex process to a conclusion.

“Thank you also to my fellow Councillors – we have worked hard together to address community concerns while still providing such a responsible result.”

Facts and figures at a glance:

Key 2013/14 capital projects include:

· Civic Centre Revitalisation Project $3,347,000

· Road projects $2,836,000

· Landfill cell construction $623,000

· Plant and equipment purchases $585,000

· Benalla Town Hall Project $376,000

· Drainage projects (including Devenish Township Stage 1 & 2) $340,000

· Benalla Airport Project $296,000

· Tatong Community Project $254,700

· Swanpool Community Project $243,000

· Business Growth Feasibility Study (Enterprise Park Subdivision) $225,000

Rates and charges revenue increases by 5 per cent:

· Rates and charges payable on a Benalla home valued at $201,000 (median value) with a medium-sized bin will be $1,447.86 - a $62.27 (4.5 percent) increase from 2012/13

· Rates and charges payable on a rural farmland property valued at $408,000 (median value) with a medium-sized bin will be $1,950.54 - an $83.00 (4.4 per cent) increase from 2012/13

·  Rates and charges payable on a business valued at $271,000 (median value) with a medium sized bin will be $2,237.06 - a $94.81 (4.4 per cent) increase from 2012/13



 

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