Media release - Murrumbidgee Council's 2019/20 Budget

$4.2 million to be spent on roads

The area’s roads are the big winner in the 2019/20 Operational Plan which was adopted by Murrumbidgee Council at its June Council meeting.

The plan outlines Council’s spending in the coming financial year, which will include $14 million on capital renewals and upgrades.

Murrumbidgee Mayor Ruth McRae welcomed the plan and said it soundly reflects the Council’s commitment to running a tight financial ship, while achieving the best possible outcome for the entire community.

The spending includes $4.2 million on roads and transport infrastructure, $1.6 million on the continued upgrade to the Darlington Point levee, $3 million over the next two years on upgrading the Jerilderie Water Treatment Plant, $1.7 million on upgrading the Darlington Point Water Treatment Plant and $350,000 on replacing Coleambally’s Sewer Pump Station.

To fund these significant projects, Council will utilise anticipated revenue of $21.5 million. This includes $5.7 million in rates and annual charges and a further $2.7 million in user charges and fees.

Additional revenue sources include $6.7 million from operating grants, $5.2 million from capital grants, $460,000 from other revenues and $553,000 from investment revenue.

Contained within the Operational Plan is an overall rate increase of 2.7 percent, which is the increase available to local councils as set by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART).

The Operational Plan and associated documents, which include the Delivery Program and the Schedule of Fees and Charges, have been on public exhibition for 28 days. No submissions were received from the community.


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