Annual Business Plan and Budget 2023-24 + Long Term Financial Plan

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Balancing the needs of a growing Rural City whilst navigating a tough economic climate facing the entire country is a primary focus of Council’s Draft Annual Business Plan and Budget 2023-2024.

The Rural City of Murray Bridge Draft Annual Business Plan and Budget 2023-2024, along with Council’s Draft Long Term Financial Plan is now open for public consultation.

The Council are working hard to balance a range of pressures to produce the best possible outcome in a proposed plan for the Council over the next 12 months. Following a year of resilience that saw the greatest natural disaster for our community in a generation, the Murray River Flood, we will continue to work together in the current financial climate to protect our Thriving Communities.

Elected Members and Council staff have worked hard to produce a budget that is sensitive to the cost-of-living pressures facing ratepayers at the moment - one that is well balanced, financially responsible and sustainable.

Faced with a rise in property valuations of almost 20 percent, an Adelaide, March CPI (Consumer Price Index) of 7.9%, Murray River flood impacts and the general rising costs of doing business, our overriding concern for this budget has been to absorb the impact and buffer residents from further financial pain as much as possible.

We’ve tightened our belts and identified around $1.4m worth of savings in services and projects, sourced grant funding where we can, reduce the rate in the dollar for calculating rates this year by 10.1% and managed to keep the rates increase lower than CPI.

This will still mean a higher rates increase for our community than we’ve experienced for some time at 6.9% but this will also ensure Council continues to deliver core services such as waste collection, road repairs and aged care to the same high standard our community expects.

Headline projects to be delivered in the coming year include a wharf precinct upgrade in the next stage of the Sturt Reserve Masterplan, a Co-Working Business Hub and Economic Recovery Centre in the heart of Murray Bridge and a framework of strategic plans to support the future growth of our Rural City.

You are encouraged to read the Draft Annual Business Plan and Budget, along with the Long Term Financial Plan and Counci's Rating Policy and get involved by providing your feedback below.

We have also included other related documents to provide some additional information. These include:

A Special Council Meeting to hear submissions will be held at 7pm on Monday 19 June, 2023 at the Local Government Centre.

The consultation closes 5pm Tuesday 20 June 2023.

Annual Business Plan and Budget 2023-24 + Long Term Financial Plan
The Rural City of Murray Bridge
PO Box 421
Murray Bridge SA 5253

Or provide feedback via the link below.

Consultation closes 5pm Tuesday 20 June 2023

Balancing the needs of a growing Rural City whilst navigating a tough economic climate facing the entire country is a primary focus of Council’s Draft Annual Business Plan and Budget 2023-2024.

The Rural City of Murray Bridge Draft Annual Business Plan and Budget 2023-2024, along with Council’s Draft Long Term Financial Plan is now open for public consultation.

The Council are working hard to balance a range of pressures to produce the best possible outcome in a proposed plan for the Council over the next 12 months. Following a year of resilience that saw the greatest natural disaster for our community in a generation, the Murray River Flood, we will continue to work together in the current financial climate to protect our Thriving Communities.

Elected Members and Council staff have worked hard to produce a budget that is sensitive to the cost-of-living pressures facing ratepayers at the moment - one that is well balanced, financially responsible and sustainable.

Faced with a rise in property valuations of almost 20 percent, an Adelaide, March CPI (Consumer Price Index) of 7.9%, Murray River flood impacts and the general rising costs of doing business, our overriding concern for this budget has been to absorb the impact and buffer residents from further financial pain as much as possible.

We’ve tightened our belts and identified around $1.4m worth of savings in services and projects, sourced grant funding where we can, reduce the rate in the dollar for calculating rates this year by 10.1% and managed to keep the rates increase lower than CPI.

This will still mean a higher rates increase for our community than we’ve experienced for some time at 6.9% but this will also ensure Council continues to deliver core services such as waste collection, road repairs and aged care to the same high standard our community expects.

Headline projects to be delivered in the coming year include a wharf precinct upgrade in the next stage of the Sturt Reserve Masterplan, a Co-Working Business Hub and Economic Recovery Centre in the heart of Murray Bridge and a framework of strategic plans to support the future growth of our Rural City.

You are encouraged to read the Draft Annual Business Plan and Budget, along with the Long Term Financial Plan and Counci's Rating Policy and get involved by providing your feedback below.

We have also included other related documents to provide some additional information. These include:

A Special Council Meeting to hear submissions will be held at 7pm on Monday 19 June, 2023 at the Local Government Centre.

The consultation closes 5pm Tuesday 20 June 2023.

Annual Business Plan and Budget 2023-24 + Long Term Financial Plan
The Rural City of Murray Bridge
PO Box 421
Murray Bridge SA 5253

Or provide feedback via the link below.

Consultation closes 5pm Tuesday 20 June 2023

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