Budget and Council Plan Adopted
Rural City of Wangaratta Councillors have adopted a Budget with the largest capital works program in the municipality’s history.
The $38.7m program of works includes improvements aimed at achieving Council’s new vision “Feels like home”.
Councillors adopted the Budget, Council Plan Revision and Rating Strategy at the June ordinary Meeting of Council.
Highlights of the capital works program include $737,000 for the Rural Placemaking Project, $855,000 for the Wangaratta Aerodrome expansion and $3.38m for the Organics Processing Plant.
Carryover major projects from 2017/18 include the Outdoor 50m Pool, Hydrotherapy Pool and Cruse Street extension.
Mayor Ken Clarke OAM said improving roads and transport was a priority for Council, with $10.9m to be spent on roads, $548,000 on bridges, $710,000 on paths, and $1.9m on drainage.
Council has also sought to balance the impact of property valuations, which saw rural properties rise significantly higher in value than residential properties.
“To ensure the rate burden was more evenly spread, Council has adopted a new Rating Strategy, which reduces the percentage of the general rate applied to properties classified as Rural 1 and Rural 2.”
Cr Clarke thanked community members for having input into the Budget and said he was keen to see the projects come to fruition.