Council 'taking steps to minimise impact' of budget: Mayor
SOUTH Burnett Regional Council has been preparing for the 2019/20 budget.
Mayor Keith Campbell said the council would provide information to the community over the next few weeks.
"Which will assist in their understanding of the impact the budget will have on their rates as well as what steps council has taken to minimise that impact,” Cr Campbell said.
The mayor said council had reviewing and examining data during the past six months.
"Our task as a regional local government is to provide the community's essential services, balancing the priorities in an economically responsible manner,” he said.
The council will need to make important decisions about the level of service it provides to the community.
"Front of mind is council's commitment to minimise the impact of an increase in rates, but still be able to sustainably manage assets and infrastructure, delivering effective services,” Cr Campbell said.
In preparation for the next budget, the council is considering all practical options available to minimise the impact on ratepayers.
This is due to the recently issued new land valuations which are effective from June 30.
"This revaluation process will likely create a distortion to the impact of a percentage rate increase,” he said.