The 2018/19 budget was adopted by Council at its Ordinary Council meeting on 22 August 2018.
Shire of Capel Chief Executive Officer Ian McCabe said the budget was the culmination of many months of consultation and debate to produce the best outcomes at this time for all Shire residents.
He said the budget was a balancing act between assessing rates income and state and federal grants to ensure Council’s plans were delivered to meet the needs of the community.
“The main focus in preparing this budget was to deliver high-quality services while continuing to improve infrastructure,” he said.
“This included referencing the Long Term Financial Plan, the current Strategic Community Plan and submissions from the public.”
“With Council’s change to the rating model, this meant the timing of some projects was adjusted.”
He said there was a 6 per cent increase in the rate in the dollar across all property categories and this would allow major works and projects in the Shire to be delivered.
“One of the major projects included in the 2018/19 budget was $3.8 million dollars towards the Capel Civic Precinct project which is funded mainly by State and Federal governments”, he said.
Mr McCabe said while the construction tender was declined at Council’s August meeting, the project itself was still on the table and staff were reviewing aspects of the project to look for cost-saving measures and would provide a report to Council.
Other projects included in the 2018/19 budget:
- $10.4 million capital works program with no new loan borrowings, including a roads program of more than $1.9 million to address road reconstruction and Black Spot program sites, gravel re-sheeting and bitumen and asphalt re-seals;
- $0.6 million for heavy plant and vehicles;
- $0.5 million for the upgrade of Boyanup sports facilities;
- $0.5 million for emergency services vehicles;
- $0.2 million for asset improvements;
- $0.2 million for footpaths;
- $0.2 million drainage improvements;
- $0.1 million for trails; and
- $0.1 million in information technology improvements.
Mr McCabe said the Council would conduct a review of debt holdings, financial reserves and the Long-Term Financial Plan in the coming year in preparation for next year’s budget to ensure long-term viability.