Budget 2016-17

Sensible Economic Planning for our community

Council adopted the 2016/17 budget at a special meeting on June 22, 2016.

The budget will see an average 1.7 percent reduction in rates, meaning nine out of ten ratepayers will see a reduction or no change in their total rates bill in the 2016-17 year.

This has been achieved by council adopting a disciplined approach to reviewing its operational costs, maintaining a freeze on most charges and reducing two levies.

Council has cut the Road Improvement Levy by 70 per cent and the Natural Environment Levy by 20 per cent. The reduction will have no impact on council’s ability to deliver key projects, which are traditionally funded by these levies.

The levies were initially introduced to carry out specific work during stronger economic times and with the planned levy works nearing completion, it has resulted in a decrease in levies.

We have also had a freeze on most levies and utility charges, such as water, sewerage and waste for the 2016-17 financial year.

Budget snapshot

  • A budget which includes a $76 million Capital Works Program
  • A freeze on most fees and charges
  • A 33 per cent reduction in the premium placed on the Non Principal Place of Residence category.
  • Continuation of the Better Community Building Fund with a $2 million allocation
  • Continuation of the Invest Mackay Events and Conference Attraction Program with a $1 million allocation
  • Increase in funds for community grants program
  • A $13.9 million reduction in loans

Mayor Greg Williamson said the budget was sensible economic planning for our community with a focus on maintaining services and investing in our future.

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