2016 – 2017 Budget
Council’s 2016-2017 Budget was adopted on 15 June 2016. You can download a copy of the Budget documentation below
Budget – Volume 1
Budget – Volume 2
In handing down the Council’s fourth budget since being re-established in January 2014, Mareeba Shire Council Mayor Tom Gilmore is confident that the visionary document will provide a high-level of service, delivery, confidence and sustainability for the Shire.
“The budget that I bring down today unequivocally and confidently reinforces and cements into place this ten year financial plan with balanced budgets, fully funded depreciation, and minimal debt, providing consistent service delivery to the community, delivered at a sustainable cost,” Cr Gilmore said.
The operating budget, amounting to $37.9M this year, covers day to day operation and all maintenance work.
The capital budget of $25.7M, covers new works and major refurbishment and reconstruction.
In addition to these works are the projects that span two years which will continue this coming financial year and include the Mareeba Sewerage Treatment Plant upgrade and the Airport redevelopment.
“Both of these projects are important in terms of the future economic strength of our region and would not have been delivered had it not been for substantial grants from both commonwealth and state governments,” Cr Gilmore said.
This budget sees a modest increase of 3.5% across all areas. “This increase comprises of two components,” Cr Gilmore said.
“2.5 per cent represents a cost increase Council has faced over the past year and a further 1% to replenish the Reserves for future works that was used to cover the one-off $5 million cost of de-amalgamation.
The effect this increase will have on the average residential rate payer will be $38.85per annum or 75c per week for general rates.
For those residential ratepayers who have access to some or all of the following utilities – water, sewerage and waste collection, will see increases of $13.78, $28.24 and $9.16 per annum.
Mayor Tom Gilmore said the 2016/2017 Budget focuses on a “new phase” of Shire Development. “The two years covered by this budget and the next can well be described as a time for delivery of major projects,” he said.
“This budget is in line with our financial projections last year and sees Council maintaining its sound financial position while minimising the impact on ratepayers. We certainly have cut the cloth to ensure we can continue to deliver critical services while trying to keep them affordable for the ratepayers.”
A report released in May from the Queensland Auditor General, documents an unqualified audit report for the past year and a positive view of the Mareeba Shire Council’s ten year financial management plan.
“The Auditor General’s report to Parliament specifically highlights the success of this Council in its management of financial affairs to ensure long term sustainability,” Cr Gilmore said.