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Eurobodalla Council budgets on show

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Eurobodalla Council has released its draft blueprint for the next few years for public comment, inclduing the Delivery Program and Operational Plan.

Council’s Delivery Program 2022-26 outlines services and major projects the organisation will deliver in its term of office.

The Operational Plan 2022-23 breaks the program down further, listing individual projects for the coming financial year, and is supported by a budget, capital program and proposed rates, fees and charges.

Council expects to manage a total income of $135.7 million in 2022-23 – with rates and fees paid by the community making up about half of that. Overall proposed expenditure is $136.9m, plus about $96.5m on capital projects.

Council will continue to manage over $2 billion worth of community infrastructure, including $820m worth of water and sewer infrastructure. Big ticket projects for 2022-23 include $24m on the continued construction of the southern dam, $13m upgrading the Batemans Bay Sewerage Treatment Plant, and $8.6m improving the Surf Beach and Brou landfill sites.

About $3.8m will be spent on the Batemans Bay Coastal Headlands Walk and $5.6m on the Mogo Trails – both are grant funded.

About $13m has been allocated to road, footpath and bus shelter works, $646,067 for improvements to community facilities like public toilets and halls, and about $2.3m for recreation, including marine facilities, playgrounds, sports fields and reserves.

Council will invest about $5.1m in its vehicle and plant fleet, $326,581 on information technology equipment and $179,280 on its library collection and spend $45.4m on employee costs.

About $222,044 will go back to the community through various grants and event sponsorship, and almost 4,542 pensioner property owners will receive rebates of up to 50 per cent on their rates, a cost of about $860,000 to Council and the community.

Council’s Delivery Program 2022-26 and Operational Plan 2022-23 is on public exhibition for community feedback until Thursday 26 May, 5pm.

View the plans and make a submission HERE.

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