The Town of Mount Gambier’s 2022/2023 Annual Business Plan and Budget was adopted at a special meeting of council held on Tuesday 28th June 2022. Council also adopted the draft long term financial plan and the draft asset management plans 2023-2032 during the meeting.
Town of Mount Gambier CEO Sarah Philpott said the annual business plan sets out the council’s proposed services, programs and projects for 2022/2023.
“It aims to maintain efficient service to the community and to continue progress towards the longer term goals of the town as set out in the Town of Mount Gambier Strategic Plan 2020-2024.”
Specific objectives for the year are consistent with the Council’s long-term financial plan and asset management plans to ensure the long-term sustainability of the Council’s financial performance and position.
– CEO Sarah Philpott
The budget calls for total expenditures of $39.6 million in operating expenditures to provide municipal services, and total capital expenditures of $21.5 million have been allocated to renew, upgrade and build new assets, including including the completion of the Wulanda Convention and Recreation Center.
The 2022/2023 annual business plan and budget includes a 4.5% rate increase in line with the Council’s long-term financial plan and a commitment to the community not to increase rates beyond this amount.
The average residential ratepayer will pay $1,167 in 2022/2023, which equates to an overall increase of $55, which is below the state average.
The allocation percentage of the fixed tariff charges (excluding the waste service charge) has been reduced from 45% to 37% since the publication of the draft budget. This change was made to compensate for significant residential assessment increases in 2022/2023.
“After receiving the relevant data to perform our rate modelling, it was decided to reduce the fixed charge percentage of the rates to offset increases in average property values as determined by the Appraiser General,” Ms. Philpott said. .
Prior to adoption, community members were invited to provide feedback on the draft documents during the community consultation process which ended on Thursday, June 9, 2022.
Five submissions were received and reviewed by the Board at a special meeting held on Tuesday, June 14, 2022.
“We thank the members of the community who took the time to submit their comments and those who made presentations to the Council during the meeting. It was a valuable opportunity for Council to listen to the needs and aspirations of those who live and work in our city,” said Mayor Lynette Martin OAM.