Budget 2024-2025

The council's 2024-2025 budget, balancing a 3.6 per cent rates increase with no reduction in services despite escalating costs, reflects efforts to minimise the financial burden on Mackay residents.

Mayor Greg Williamson acknowledged the pressure on household budgets and emphasised the council's commitment to efficiency.

The average residential ratepayer will now pay $3623 annually, an increase of $133.

The budget also reduces the early payment discount from 10% to 6%, addressing inequities for vulnerable ratepayers and reallocating over $7 million to council operations.

With $442.9 million in expenditure, including $130 million for capital projects and a modest surplus of over $300,000, the budget aims to meet community needs while aligning rate increases with the Consumer Price Index.

Budget snapshot

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