Draft Budget 2017/18

 Posted: 17-05-2017

**The public exhibition period for Draft Budget 2017/18 closed on 16 June 2017. Thank you to those who made submissions. The Draft Budget 2017/18 will be considered for adoption at a Special Meeting of Council on Monday 26 June at 6pm**


The biggest capital works program in the Rural City of Wangaratta’s history is included in Council’s Draft 2017/18 Budget.

Some $28.7 million of works is proposed in the Draft Budget, which Councillors voted to place on public exhibition at the May Ordinary Meeting of Council.

Mayor Ken Clarke OAM said projects would be spread right across the municipality.

“The Draft Budget includes initiatives driven from the Council Plan, including a $350,000 allocation towards the Rural Communities Improvement Project which this Council has committed to see commence in 2017/18,” he said.

“This funding commitment, which will rise to $450,000 in subsequent years of our plan, shows Council recognises the significant contributions of our rural communities.”

Cr Clarke said funding for roads accounted for the lion’s share of funding in the Draft Budget.

“The capital works program includes $8.6m to be spent on roads, $840,000 on off street car parks, $1.69m on drains, $425,000 on bridges and $709,000 on footpaths and cycle paths,” he said.

“The most significant road project is the Cruse Street extension, with $3.6m budgeted for Stage 1 of the project. Planning is already well advanced for this project, which will connect the Reith Road/Worland Road growth area with Wangaratta’s west end.”

Cr Clarke said the Draft Budget also showed a reduction in Council’s operating costs.

“Savings of $3.1m to recurring operating costs mean Council can focus its resources on delivering projects for the community.”

Copies of the Draft Budget are available HERE. Submissions can be made until 5pm on Friday 16 June 2017.


Last Updated: 19-06-2017

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