2017/18 Annual Budget Adopted

At its meeting on 4 July 2017, Kentish Council adopted the 2017/18 annual budget.

On 4 July 2017, Kentish Council adopted its budget and rates for 2017/18 including a modest increase in general rates revenue of 2% to cover increasing costs.

Adjustment factors determined by the Valuer-General show an increase in the assessed annual value for rating purposes of 15% for residential property and 5% for primary production property in Kentish. Mayor Thwaites said “This is good news for those selling property, but unfortunately does mean an increase in the relative share of the rates burden for these categories of property. Council has applied a 2% rate increase cap for most ratepayers to limit the immediate impact of this valuation adjustment.”
Mayor Thwaites said “The rate increase is modest considering that after the Federal Government's three-year freeze of Financial Assistance Grants, Council now receives an estimated $320,000 per annum less than the pre-freeze levels of grants. This is equivalent to around 6 per cent of rates.”

The expected operating result for 2017/18 is a deficit of $234,000 but after adjusting for grants received in advance there is a surplus of $1.07 million with a budgeted underlying surplus of $633,000. Council’s surplus is higher than it would otherwise be because of $509,000 of Commonwealth Roads to Recovery funding over and above the normal annual amount of $339,000.
Mayor Thwaites said “This year's budget is focussed on continuing along the path set over previous years including completion of work delayed by the floods of June 2016, continuing to work toward an improved access to Lorinna and further sharing resources with Latrobe Council.”

The total capital works program will be $5.31 million, including $1.73 million for projects carried over from 2016/17. Some of the planned projects are;

  • Progressing upgraded access to Lorinna ($1.1 million)
  • Renew Council owned road seal, footpath and kerb and channel in Main Street Sheffield from Henry Street to Spring Street including enhancements identified in the Sheffield Township Enhancement Study ($616,000)
  • Renewal of three bridges ($529,000)
  • Sealing the unsealed section of Native Plains Road ($400,000)
  • Construction of kerb & channel ($120,000) and footpath extensions ($145,000) in Giblin Street Railton.
  • Provide sealed car parking ($50,400) in Spring Street, Sheffield adjacent to Redwater Creek Railway in conjunction with 300 metres of footpath along Spring Street to the Sheffield Recreation Ground ($80,000) and extension of the stormwater system near the junction of Main Street and Spring Street ($80,000).
  • Consult with the Wilmot Community and identify, design and plan appropriate streetscape improvements within the Wilmot township ($20,000)
  • Construction of stage 1 of the Wild Mersey Mountain Bike Trail in Kentish ($317,600) plus renewal of the toilets at Goliath Park in Railton as part of Council's contribution towards this project ($160,000).
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