Council adopts plans and budget for coming year
29 June 2016
Willoughby Council (Council meeting of Monday 27 June) has adopted the Delivery Program, Operational Plan, Budget and Fees and Charges for 2016-2017, the updated Long Term Financial Plan 2015-2025 and 2016-2017 Workforce Plan, incorporating all activities of the final year of the 2013-2017 Delivery Program.
This follows the Draft 2016/17 Operational Plan and Budget being placed on Public Exhibition for community feedback.
The Budget, which is geared towards infrastructure spend, has been positively impacted by operational savings largely achieved through the 2015 organisational restructure and efficiency gains driven by the business improvement initiatives.
Key highlights of the budget include:
- A budget surplus
- Annual rates in line with the Special Rate Variation
- No increases in domestic waste service charges
- Minimal fee increases whenever possible
- A reduction in the number of employees, contractors and consultants while continuing to deliver services
- Spending of $26.148M on project and capital works
- $2.980M reduction in loan liabilities
Significant expenditure for works and projects are proposed in the following categories:
- Parks, playgrounds and sporting fields - $5.4 million
- Culture and Leisure - $5.7 million
- Environmental projects - $2.9 million
- Roads, bridges, footpaths, stormwater and traffic - approximately $7.2 million
Council’s Long Term Financial Plan 2015-2025 (LTFP) has been amended to reflect the anticipated 2015/2016 year end result together with the 2016/2017 Draft budget.
Council’s Workforce Plan has also been updated to reflect the new Organisation Structure and addresses the human resourcing requirements of Council’s Delivery program. It aims to provide Council with the people best able to inform its strategic direction, develop innovative approaches to complex issues and deliver appropriate services effectively and efficiently. Given Council is entering a potential merger situation, a 12 month plan was prepared for adoption.
“Council has endorsed plans and a budget that will benefit our local community well into the future, through funding a wide range of improvements, services and programs. Council’s holistic approach to budget management will see reduced costs through increased internal efficiency and better business processes, and effective allocation of the budget will allow Council to deliver the services and facilities required and expected by our community. It also ensure Council is in the best possible position, as we move forward through times of potential change,” said Willoughby Mayor, Gail Giles-Gidney.
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