Council's for the 2019/20 financial year was approved on 17 June 2019.
For 2019/20, Council has focused on delivering a balanced budget that builds on Council's ongoing work to manage its finances responsibly and achieve long-term financial sustainability.
This year, Council is forecasting a modest budget surplus of $191,000, with a strong cash balance, improved funding for the renewal and replacement of Council assets and a contingency for unforeseen expenses.
Last year's decision to introduce structural repairs reform in the form of a 12.5% rate revenue increase was complemented by considerable efforts to reduce costs and increase revenue. The result of these and other measures is that Council starts the new financial year from a sound financial base, and will see a return to "business as usual' operations. Council is growth focused and looking to a future where Glenorchy will start to see the benefits of a strong and functional Council that is working for its community.
For 2019/20 Council voted to increase general rates by a flat 2.5% from last financial year. To achieve this, Council has levied separate rates for residential and non-residential properties, to ensure that residents aren't forced to do the heavy-lifting.
Waste Services Charges have also increased by 2.5%.
Highlights of Council's 2019/20 Capital Works program include:
- $2.5m on heavy patching and road resurfacing
- $1.2m on footpath renewal including the Safer Footpath Program
- $500k on extending our footpath network
- $1.8m on the Glenorchy CBD Revitalisation
- Myella Drive upgrade
- Clydesdale Avenue upgrade
- Design of Bowen Street Upgrade
- $2m on Property and the environment (including parks and reserves, sports grounds, public toilets)
- $700k on flood mitigation and system upgrades
- $500k on stormwater asset renewals
From February 2020, Council will introduce a fortnightly Food Organics Green Organics service (FOGO). The fee for the first part-year of the FOGO service will be $35.
Landfill Discounts and Free Landfill Weekends
This year's budget includes a $20 per tonne discount for Glenorchy residents on general waste at the Jackson Street facility. Residents will pay up to $35 per tonne less at Jackson Street than at any other southern waste facility.
Council will also hold two free weekends at the Jackson Street Landfill for Glenorchy residents, as follows:
- 19, 20 and 21 October for general and mixed waste, and
- 7 and 8 December for green waste.