2019/2020 Budget adopted by Council

Published: Wednesday, 28 August 2019 at 11:04:00 AM

The 2019/2020 Final Budget was adopted by the Shire of Donnybrook Balingup Council at the Special Council Meeting held on Wednesday 21 August 2019. 

The Draft Budget was open for review following the approval last month on 22 July. Residents and businesses had the opportunity to provide their feedback and submissions prior to the Special Council Meeting last night.

The 2019/2020 Budget will see a rating increase of 1.95%, the lowest percentage increase in many years, and one of the lowest in the south west this year.

Shire President Brian Piesse said “While acknowledging the challenging economic and business conditions and prevailing pressures on family disposable incomes, Council remains cognizant of the reality that rate increases at this year’s level do little to build our reserves for future growth and prosperity.”

“All areas of the community will see the benefits of the 2019/2020 budget, with many exciting major projects commencing.”

Major capital projects in the 2019/2020 budget include the Donnybrook Town Centre Revitalisation Project (currently open for public consultation), the Bridge Street Affordable Housing project and major upgrade works to the Apple Fun Park, and significant expansion to the Tuia Lodge residential aged care facility. As well as a host of key capital projects, the 2019/20 budget makes provision for planning around the next tranche of key projects for the Shire.

The Shire President also noted that “there is more good news. Despite increases in some State Government related levies and charges which must be passed on. Shire waste management fees have also been reduced to $152, down from 11% from the previous year.”

The 2019/2020 Budget can be viewed on the Shire of Donnybrook Balingup website.

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