This 2017/18 budget delivers the services our community needs and the new infrastructure it deserves, all within a challenging financial environment.

Annual Budget

We are pleased to present our 2018/19 budget to the Swan Hill Rural City community.

This $52.25 million budget outlines more than 100 services that Council delivers across the municipality and the major infrastructure and road projects we aim to complete in the coming year. It also outlines how each of these services and projects will be funded.

We will deliver these projects and services within the State Government mandated rate cap of 2.25 per cent. In fact, the rate increase for 2018/19 will be below the cap, at 2.05 per cent.

While the rate cap poses challenges as we formulate and deliver each annual budget, Council is determined to minimise financial pressure on the community, while maintaining, and in some cases enhancing, community services.

It is worth noting one change to our rate modelling this year, which was made with this ethos in mind. The discount applied to dry land farming properties will be increased to 15 per cent to offset high increases in property values, and means rate rises will be more evenly distributed across property types.

The budget has been prepared to support the key result areas in our Council Plan 2017-21, as well as
other community goals identified through a range of forums and consultations.

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See also

Long Term Financial Plan

Long Term Financial Plan

The purpose of the Long Term Financial Plan (LTFP) is to set out Council’s objectives and recommendations for ensuring that Council’s finances remain sustainable in the long term.